Morning and Mysteries of Time

MorningMorning comes.  Then evening comes. But where do they come from?

Generally, time management is focused on what we do with our mornings, afternoons and evenings. But as for what they are, well, that’s another question entirely.

So, today, I awoke to one of those beautiful, clear September days that I associate with life in New Hampshire.  You can just hear the crack and taste the juice as you imagine biting into a Northern Spy apple, can’t you? But I ask again, where did this morning come from?

Morning mysteries…

Indeed, our days go round and around. When you are quiet you hear the clock ticking. You see the morning light move up the windowpane. And then you see it move down. Something is happening, but what?  And something is moving, but what?

Whether we measure our days by clock increments or the position of the sun, we all exist in time. But what is it?

Well, so here are a few things we know about time:

  • Time is absolute, concrete and universal. We live within the time we have. There is no more and there is no less.
  • Time is the great equalizer. No matter who we are or what we do, we each receive this precious gift of time. And we receive it for the entire span of our lives.
  • Once we spend time, it is gone. Lost opportunities may be followed by new ones, but those particular opportunities are gone for all time.

This really gets at the mystery…

As I think about time’s mysteries this day, I think about a poem by Emily Dickinson that I recently heard on The Writer’s Almanac. It’s one of my favorites:

Will there really be a ‘Morning’?
by Emily Dickinson

Will there really be a “Morning”?
Is there such a thing as “Day”?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like Water lilies?
Has it feathers like a Bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Oh some Scholar! Oh some Sailor!
Oh some Wise Man from the skies!
Please to tell a little Pilgrim
Where the place called “Morning” lies!

So, while time management tips are very useful and important, they are aimed at enhancing productivity and effectiveness.  And I see the ultimate goal of Heart-Based Time Management™ as slightly different. It is definitely about those things. AND it’s about deepening and expanding your experience of your moments.

Questions and answers…

Slowing down and letting the mysteries sweep over us, from time to time, connects us with our hearts and the wellsprings of our energy.  So, Heart-Based Time Management™ offers answers, when it comes to efficiency and effectiveness. And it offers compelling questions when it comes to time’s mysteries.

Now, how do you feel about the questions? Breathe deep and let them open up for you. What words and images come to mind when you consider the place where morning lies?

Let’s explore time together…


  1. A lovely reflection. ‘Is there such a thing as a morning?’ ‘What is a life?’ Living in the question yields the only answer.

  2. Hi Alison – I love that – “Living in the question.” And I’d add … “Holding all answers lightly and letting them go with gratitude, as new questions create new openings.”

    Here’s to time’s deep mysteries!

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