Friday, December 20, 2013

Time is very flexible when it floats

Living in the tropic I can better understand the Oriental idea of time being a wheel. 

Here time doesn't movie linearly, the are no changes with the season. It may rain more one month, it may be a bit colder the next one. Then it will be hot and rainy.

The changes come with the dates, days we commemorate something special, with the changes in the moon and the sun.

People here name their months according to the changes they see in the nature. The is a cloud month (puyu killa), a baby animal month (wiwa killa), a fish month (mihanu killa), a corn month (sara killa), a rain month (tamya killa) and there is even an empty month when nothing grows (mutsuy killa).

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Luke 12:24-26 (NIV)
The year is a circle and the months are represented in a circular form. Not a line from left to right but a bird's colorful tail.

The moon moves in a circle and in the circle of the moon you can see the changes in the nature. The rain doesn't depend on the season of the year but the season of the moon.


27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Luke 12:27-31 (NIV)
Here time doesn't move, it doesn't tick or run, time floats or stays still while the wheel turns around and it's time for the next festivity. There is no rush to prepare it all, because it will come in it's time and rushing around may just spoil everything.

How can you pick corn if it's not time for corn? How can you hunt for ants if it isn't the ant month and the ants won't be ready yet?

In a hot temperature it's wasteful to try to hoard things. If you kill more animals than you can eat and cook at once, it will only spoil and the insects and vermin will have a feast. 

If you plant a seed next to a river you can return when the fruit is ripe and ready to eat. Picking it earlier would only spoil it for human use.

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15 (NIV)
Right now we're at mishki killa, sweet month. The name comes originally from a sweet fruit that grows this season but is now used because of Christmas.

Christmas is one of the special days that mark the flow of the time and tell us that another year has passed.

How this has affected me life? The impact has been huge. First the chafe, the pain of change from thinking the year and time as going forward. Keeping my eyes in the future, planning for today.

The change from time tables, calendars and appointments to living the moment. From the rigid planning to "maybe around four o'clock on Thursday but it could be Friday at five". Change to "tomorrow", "in a little while" or "just in a minute".

1“Mortals, born of woman,
    are of few days and full of trouble.
They spring up like flowers and wither away;
    like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.
Job 14:1-2
Which minute? The next one or one of the minutes tomorrow, next week or next month? A little while from Thursday, or a little while from next week on? Or maybe a little while from Christmas or Passover?

There is always a tomorrow. So, maybe it's tomorrow from next weeks Monday. But there always will be a tomorrow.

As there always will be a Thursday or Monday or Wednesday,every week,every month. And if you get what you expected a month later from the Tuesday you first expected, it's still Tuesday, or day after Tuesday or just a little while from Tuesday.

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matt 6:33-34 (NIV)
Time definitely does not move. It swamps around, stands still in ponds or floats above our heads where we can not touch it. 

And then the wheel moves, next moment comes. It's another morning, another tomorrow, another while.

What there is to do?

Live this moment and let tomorrow worry about itself. 

30 comments:

  1. I love that the months are named after natural events. So wonderful

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    1. It is the lifestyle here, Tammilee. Everything depends on the nature.

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    2. I love that! My Husband is a Park Ranger so we love spending time outdoors. Ecuador is on our must visit soon list

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  2. Oh, these words are so true. You can't worry about tomorrow, all that matters is what you do today. You never know what tomorrow might bring!

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    1. Yes, better to concentrate on the moment and live it for true.

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  3. Living in the moment rather than fretting over the past or worrying about what the future might hold is something I try to do.

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  4. Yes! Love the message. So true! Wise words to live by!

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    1. Thank you, Tara. That is very encouraging :)

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  5. embracing the moments is what i've been working hard to do this year. and i LOVE that last photo!

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  6. So true. I try to live in the present not the past or future.

    Michelle F.

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  7. What a great way to illustrate the importance of time. This is applicable for so many things, but I love your context examples!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. And thank you :)

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  8. I went to a funeral yesterday, so your post really moved me today when I read this. Appreciate the good times!

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    1. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, Daisy. God bless you!

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  9. Some days I feel so rushed and need to remind myself that there is always a tomorrow. Beautifully written as always!

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    1. Thank you, Angela. And yes, there is tomorrow. As the Ecuadorian think, why do something today, if there is tomorrow and day after it. And if there is no tomorrow, then you spent a beautiful day doing stuff for nothing.

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  10. Wow, this is really interesting and makes you think. There's so much hustle and bustle here. Everyone's in such a rush and sometimes I feel like I am on a hamster wheel. Just running and running getting nowhere! Everyone needs to relax a little more and be more patient.

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    1. That is so true, Jennifer. Now that I'm more accustomed to the Ecuadorian way, I find Finland very stressing. Why always such hurry? Why not enjoy NOW?

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  11. Beautiful and so very insightful... I often forget to stop and take a moment to realize how precious life is... Thank you for that reminder

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    1. I'm glad it resonated with you, Shauna, and thank you.

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  12. What a different way to view time. Though I complain about the cold and barrenness of winter I do appreciate the change and pause it provides before Spring.

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    1. It is very different here, Lucero, in many ways. And I think Western cultures could learn a lot about just enjoying and taking life in from Latin perspective.

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  13. This is wonderful and such an inspiration! I have to agree. It is better to live for today and worry about tomorrow when it comes.

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    1. Thank you, Bismah, I'm glad you enjoyed it. And living is so important, although we have been made feel bad about doing it.

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  14. Truly the idea of time changes with each country and culture you learn about. What an amazing post to share this life lesson. Continue to flow with it and enjoy

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    1. Thank you, Onica! I will continue flowing and I hope you will be able to do the same.

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