Time Flies When You're Having Fun
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of time. Everyone says that the older we get, the faster the days, weeks, and months fly by. Woah mama, they aren’t kidding! It really hit me almost two weeks ago when I turned my calendar over to July. Are we seriously halfway through 2019!?
The ancient Greeks had two very different definitions of “time.” The first is Chronos, which refers to chronological or sequential time. It’s the time we live in, and the time we’re especially aware of throughout the work week as we’re scheduling meetings into our calendar and moving from one event to the next.
When minutes feel like hours as we’re counting down the seconds until our conference call is over, or when we’re staring at our watch while standing in line at the DMV, we’re experiencing the unpleasant side of Chronos time.
Then there’s Kairos time, which is metaphysical lost-in-the-moment time. We experience Kairos when we find ourselves uttering, “Where has the day gone?” It occurs during those magical moments when we’re so engrossed in an activity or the people around us that time somehow manages to stand still AND fly by.
I experience Kairos when I’m doing my favorite things with the people whom I love the most. Writing. Practicing yoga. Having a laughter-filled lunch date with a friend. Reading a really good book.
Kairos time reminds me of flow state, which is defined by Positive Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi as “an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best. The ego falls away. Time flies. Your whole being is involved and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
Lately, I’m beginning to wonder if time seems to be zipping by simply because I’m enjoying myself so dang much! As I write this, my heart is swelling with gratitude because I’m finally living the life I’ve always wanted.
I want the same for you! When do you find yourself experiencing Kairos time? What fills your heart with gratitude and causes you to feel completely lost in the moment?