“time is a pony ride” talking heads

Time isn’t holding us,

Time isn’t after us,

Time isn’t owning up,

Time is a pony ride.

~Talking Heads

Something has created cognitive dissonance in my mind for years.  Maybe it makes sense to most people and I’m the lagging animal in the pack, but for quite some time I could never get this straight in my mind.  Someone says, “wow, I can’t believe that happened Monday, it seems so long ago!  Time has flown.”  If time has passed by quickly then why would one be left with the feeling that event A on Monday morning happened so long ago?  If time goes by quickly, wouldn’t one feel like the event in question was just yesterday?  Isn’t it that the quicker the time, the closer the event feels?  So why would Monday’s event seem so long ago?  This question has puzzled me for years!

Well, during one of the more inane moments of the week, driving around town running an errand, something clicked in my mind.  The reason why all of this makes sense, is that if time passes quickly, one is usually engaged in lots of activity.  “Time flies when you are having fun,” right?  And time slows down when you are bored or waiting for something to happen, as in “a watched pot never boils.”  For time to feel like it passes quickly usually means that a lot is happening.  If this week passes quickly, then a lot of activity happens between Monday and Friday, and therefore the event that happened Monday morning may seem like it happened 2 weeks ago, because so many events have occurred since then.  Busyness has one feeling that time is flying.  Add the density of activity during the hours of the day, and one feels like what happened during the hours of one week took the time of 2 weeks or more.  Aha, it all makes sense.

Time is a tricky thing, and how we perceive time is also tricky.  Our planet is cruising through space and time in a spiral yet most humans view time linearly.  We are limited when we do this.  There is a popular metaphor in the collective consciousness of life as a tapestry.  When weaving, one takes a thread, passes it through many threads, sometimes above, sometimes below, sometimes above 5 threads at a time, then under 7 yet above 3 a final time.  It isn’t the same each time, but there is an underlying pattern, just as each day isn’t the same, but each day the sun rises and sets.

Letting life happen will reveal nature’s own design.  We can laugh at ourselves because even with our personal demands, stories we tell ourselves, and agendas, the universe has its own way of choosing and unfolding.  I don’t mean to say we are helpless against the forces of the universe, because I don’t believe this, but the amount that we struggle in trying to make life fit our view can be greatly decreased, and we can live with much more ease and lightness.

Synchronicity is no more baffling or mysterious than the discontinuities of physics. It is only the ingrained belief in the sovereign power of causality that creates intellectual difficulties and makes it appear unthinkable that causeless events exist or could ever exist. But if they do, then we must regard them as creative acts, as the continuous creation of a pattern that exists from all eternity, repeats itself sporadically, and is not derivable from any known antecedents…. Continuous creation is to be thought of not only as a series of successive acts of creation, but also as the eternal presence of the one creative act.

~ Carl Jung

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