When you look at a clock, whether it is on top of a building or tied around your arm, what you see is the quantification of the time that has passed – the time spent, used, wasted, or lost. Always the time that has been gone.
Day to day, we look at the clock as a guide within the range of our social relationships. We want to catch the bus on time, get to the classroom or medical appointment without any delays, and not miss the first few minutes of a new blockbuster movie. Had we been ourselves the driver, the doctor, or the only spectator in the movies, we would not need to arrange a certain time with anyone.
The clock is thus one of the most important instruments in our socialisation; it helps societies functioning in a coordinated way.
I have recently watched a video in which it was said that “every day we wake to 24 clean hours.” We have a blank page ready to be filled. 1440 minutes of new possibilities and experiences. In order to use them in the best possible way and reach the end of each day with pride and satisfaction, that feeling of accomplishment is essential. Action and movement are imperative.
When the clock registers the passing of the minutes, their definitive departure, the unavailability of those hours that existed when we opened our eyes in the morning may seem very cruel.
But you see, it also opens the doors of all that time that is still being offered. The opportunities are there, right in front of us. The time to catch up with work, to have that conversation with parents, to praise a good friend or to thank a neighbour for their kindness last week, that time is present.
Better now than never.