This morning's walk along Seacliff Beach. A south westerly breeze and a little rain on the horizon.
An American folk rock band called The Byrds in the 1960's covered the Pete Seeger's song "Turn, Turn, Turn - To Everything There Is A Season." and made it a number one hit. It also is the number one hit with the oldest lyrics as they are taken directly from the Book of Ecclesiastes.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
King Solomon was a Biblical King who wrote Ecclesiastes and had just about everything that was possible to have but in the end realised that it was all nothing... just wind as he described it.
Seacliff Beach looking south.
It's ironic that we in the western world have all the time saving devices there are but we have less time than ever. Well time, like money, is a good slave but a poor master and talking about slaves time management is a form of slavery! A few years ago the company I worked for bought a few of the managers time management diaries and they came with a one day course on how to use them. How to manage your time like a commodity, be more productive, be efficient and I did that system for a few years until the company I worked for went bust and I realised I had been wasting my time. It was a salutary lesson!
Mindfulness, Zen mediation, Christianity all give us help in using our time wisely. The slave drivers of this world would have us believe that we need to fill every minute of every day doing something productive... mostly for their benefit of course. Multi-tasking, quality time, to-do-lists, deadlines, computers, tablets and smart phones... most of which consume more time than they save... time saving devices... twenty-four hour texting and e-mails... the list goes on how we have our time stolen while being told it is good for us.
Solomon got it right... A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A mollusc with a hole. This mollusc has been eaten by a small creature that took the time to bore slowly through the hard shell...