Chronos versus Kairos

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I spend my time. I think about how much time I have left. Not in a depressing way but in a way that gets met stoked. What does living a full life mean? What am I meant to give more of? What am I meant to share?

Ticktock – master times trundles on.

Often when I feel frizzled and frazzled – completely out of sync with my own life – hearing myself say that I am nothing and can make no difference – I am reminded to be still – to breathe – to quieten my body – and listen for the answers that I need to take that next step.

The following articulates this beautifully….

“I use a very successful method to receive guidance. I call it The Truth Smoke-Out. Whenever I am not sure what to do, I say to the universe, “Just show me what I am to do here. I am willing to do whatever is in the best interest of everyone involved. Give me a clue, and I will follow.” Then I release the situation. I give up any preconceived notion about how this is supposed to turn out, and when I am supposed to know. Sometimes the answer comes instantly, and sometimes it takes a while. But it always comes.

In the Greek version of the Bible, the first translation from the original Aramaic, two different words are used for our word time. One is chronos, which is equivalent to our understanding of time in seconds, minutes, and hours. The other word is kairos, which can best be translated as in God’s time or at the right time or when the time is ripe. In our culture we are used to living in chronos. But there is an entirely more important element of time, which is timing. That’s kairos. Practice living in kairos, and answers arrive at the perfect time.” ~ Alan Cohen

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