Lent has flown through time this year. Then again the older I get the faster time gets. The author Claudia Hammond explored time’s relativity when she asked, “Why time slows down when we are afraid, Speeds up when we age, and warps when we are on vacation.” For my children who are home with their children I suspect time is at a standstill.
Hammond writes: “We construct the experience of time in our minds, so it follows that we are able to change the elements we find troubling — whether it’s trying to stop the years racing past, or speeding up time when we’re stuck in a queue, trying to live more in the present, or working out how long ago we last saw our old friends. Time can be a friend, but it can also be an enemy. The trick is to harness it, whether at home, at work, or even in social policy, and to work in line with our conception of time. Time perception matters because it is the experience of time that roots us in our mental reality. Time is not only at the heart of the way we organize life, but the way we experience it.”
In this last week of Lent take a moment to consider whether time controls you or you control it.