Friday 5: It’s about Time!

As we’re now well into 2014 — and even I have put away my nativity scene — I’ve been thinking about time: how do we use it? how do we experience and think about it? Here are 5 great links:

7 ways that everyone should invest their time
Everyone? I wondered. After reading this post, I almost agree as long as (1) health includes mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, and (2) I’d broaden “career” to purposeful activity which would include students, retired people, and others. Do you agree with this post? Are you investing your time in these ways?

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Note to Pastors: Postmodernism is Dead (so please stop talking about it)
I was intrigued by this article since I hear a lot of pastors and other church leaders talking about postmodernism. Are they behind the times? Is the church lagging behind? (as usual, some would say!)

Ten Things You Can Do When You Don’t Feel Motivated to Get Stuff Done
Or how to make the best use of your time when you don’t feel like it. I especially like #6 on structured procrastination.

Time Orientation – A Steward Leader Reflection
Are you and the members of your team oriented to the past, present, or future? For a more complete perspective, it’s helpful to have all three.

Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation
A longer read — but fascinating! — that touches on just some of what Claudia Hammond discusses in Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception. This book is now on my to-read list. 



Categories: Spiritual Practice

6 replies

  1. April, thanks so much for linking to my post. That was a real blessing and encouragement today.

    • You’re so welcome – I found your post thought-provoking and am glad to share it with others. I understand that you’ve expanded on this too and look forward to exploring further.

  2. I came upon your blog via the CC Blog Network which in turn gave me info on your latest book I’m reading a sample of via my Kindle. I had to take my friend Brent Bill’s recommendation and check it out! Brent is a great writer!

    In reading this post of yours from today, I’m reminded of another article (‘Make Fire”) I read in the last few days by Pueblo writer/storyteller, Larry Littlebird from his blog ‘Listening Ground’. This statement fits into the whole time theme and is a great Native American perspective of ‘time’:

    “Understanding requires time. Time is something everyone has, however, very few ever truly learn how to spend their time so that understanding can be fully comprehended. A precept I’ve been given is to slow down when I truly want to experience clarity. Slow down means exactly that.”

    I think this hits the nail on the head!
    I’m enjoying the book sample! I look forward to connecting with you more. Hope you’ll take a moment and check out my blog too at http://www.raygryder.wordpress.com.

    Peace!

    • Hi Ray – I’m glad to meet you! Brent’s recommendation means a lot to me, so I’m glad you took him up on it. I also appreciate your quote on time from a Native American perspective, and the encouragement to slow down to experience clarity. How true. I’ve just had a chance to dip into your blog and look forward to exploring more.

  3. I’d love to check out each of these blogs, but I’m out of time. Maybe later. 🙂

    • Haha, so many blogs, so little time, but the links will keep for now! I follow some blogs in WordPress, some with Feedly, others on Twitter, and when I want to read something but don’t have the time immediately, I save it as a favourite and started Friday 5 as a way of keeping and sharing favourites without having a million bookmarks in my browser. I’m finding that helpful at least for now.