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).
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.
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.
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,Job 14:1-2
are of few days and full of trouble.
2 They spring up like flowers and wither away;
like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.
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.