Time’s Mystery — Let’s Take a Moment to Appreciate It

Time's Mystery

Open to time’s mystery…

Finding time to appreciate time’s mystery can be very difficult when you’re busy and stressed.

And yet, when you look, you find precious gems buried within your everyday human experience. So, heart-based time management is all about appreciating the mystery. The trick is to do that while also being as efficient and effective as possible.

Take yesterday, for example…

Reflect back on how your day went yesterday. My day was mixed. I had lots of appointments, so finding time wasn’t easy.

But it was also a day when I felt profoundly pulled to pause and just appreciate the moment I was in. So my goal, in the midst of a busily scheduled day, was to make space to just be still for a few minutes, be present to time’s mystery, and experience myself and my time, together.

Time’s mystery right here…

So, I did set some boundaries and create the space I needed. And opening to the moment, I briefly stepped outside into the fading sunlight. A soft wind riffled the remaining oak leaves near the house. As I breathed gently in and out, I heard the high cawing of crows in our woods. A car drove by on the road to town. The sun was surprisingly warm, even as it had begun its westward decline.  As I stood there, a leaf fell from a nearby oak.

I felt at once utterly alone and deeply connected as I let the moment flow into and through me.  I felt joy, too, with my feet on the ground and my heart connected to the powerful flow of time.

And right on the heels of that joy was the knowledge that I needed to return to my work. So I returned, with energy at once grounded and refreshed.

Yes, it’s about two boundaries…

I created a boundary to open to the moment. And after that, I created a second boundary that enabled me to let go and continue with my daily responsibilities.

That is such a fundamental and mysterious part of the rhythm of living, isn’t it?  We enrich ourselves when we open to the depth, complexity, and aliveness of the moment.  And then our self-discipline calls us back to our tasks, goals, and responsibilities.

It is challenging, that opening to depth and then letting it go. And it is this rhythm that most powerfully refreshes, nourishes and enlivens us.

Embrace time’s mystery…

I’m reminded of some lines from Mary Oliver’s poem “In Blackwater Woods.” The poem speaks to me about this core mystery of living in time. Life calls us to embrace and to let go, over and over:

To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

Describe how you find time for this mystery in your life.  Describe the challenges you encounter in opening to the moment. And how do you let each moment go?

Here’s something more…

Time is pure potential. You decide how to use it; and once you do, it’s gone.  That’s why it’s so important to build on your best time choices.  If you feel like your time slips through your fingers, then you’ll want to claim your copy of my complimentary “Daily Choices Template:  Proven Strategies for Tracking Your Best Time Choices Today, Tomorrow & All Year!” There’s no time like the present – to start moving toward the future you envision for yourself.

Let’s explore time together …


  1. David Prickett says

    My dog, Sissi, helps me to “take a moment to appreciate life’s mystery.” I am thankful to her for getting me up and out and off for a walk. I try my best to devote my attention to her when we walk; to observe and learn from her curiosity in simple things. Thank you, too, Paula, for your messages, which also invite your reader to “take a moment.” That is just so important!

    • Hi David –

      I love hearing about Sissi and your walks with her. Your comment about observing her and her “curiosity in simple things” reminds me of a brief passage from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” that I have always loved. It goes:

      Oxen that rattle the yoke and chain or halt in the leafy shade, what is that you express in your eyes?
      It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.

      I am so glad that you give yourself such moments, and it sounds like you have an excellent helper when it comes to pausing to appreciate life’s simple mysteries.

      Thanks for writing and sharing your experience with us.



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