Dimensions of time

Regardless of how fast and efficient we are, we cannot outrun time.

We learned at school how time is a measuring unit and were told later that time has more dimensions than just one and it can be bent just as any other dimension. All of us use time as a reference point. How would we be able otherwise to make an appointment or celebrate a birthday? Time is a deadline and time is freedom for some, and time is the reason we struggle so much fighting its impact.

Psychologically, time is a very complex phenomenon. Some people feel young at old age and some are born to never be young. Time becomes very relative with every single moment of our life. Waiting for something makes time go by extremely slowly and, especially, for young people, waiting lasts much longer than for the older ones. Happy moments make time sweep past so swiftly that the event might later appear as a dream. Sadness and fear slow the particular moment down. Desperately waiting for help in critical situations lasts forever.

Whether enjoyable or not, time cannot be stopped, avoided or disregarded. Certainly, everything still happens whether we know about that or not and whether we want that or not. Lack of knowledge doesn’t mean we can prevent something from taking place. There is also vice versa: we can change the flow of time and bend it in a favorable outcome for us or somebody else. Although, we are all subjected to impact and effects of time, we can still make it work for us and do us a favor.

To measure time, we do not always need days, months or years. Achievements and losses are excellent measuring units and reveal to much larger extent what and who we are and where we are going if anywhere. Zero movement in universe and nature equals regression that leads to the end of existence. Once the cells stop dividing and growing and we stop moving forward, we become captives of time and that’s the start of decline of any function. We as humans experience all dimensions of time simultaneously and in a never-ending manner.

We stick to general histories, but, in fact, the history has as many versions as is the number of people who interpret them. We carry around our stamp of time and we see the world in our unique way. So, how do we work towards a better outcome? How to make time not dash by, but stay with us in a meaningful, productive way?

Idleness doesn’t make any use of time. Meaningful activity makes it much more worthwhile. Meaningful activity is something different for everybody. Some will say that reading for pleasure is a waste of time and some will find it the best way of living. Entertainment is usually what we have made to believe we require, but it’s important what type of entertainment we are engaging in. Exercising can be useless time or the greatest achievement for somebody else. Relativity of time dimensions makes it flexible for us: bend it any way you can, just don’t throw it away.

The current time is a lesson in decision-making and responsible attitude. Blaming doesn’t help anybody. After all, it’s us personally dealing with the sequences. Being young means one can make many mistakes since they have more time to correct them. Being old comes with getting wiser: we have realized we don’t need everything we want and we are stricter with our choices. When time starts to run out, it does it very swiftly. This time is just as any other time period: while it feels people suffer for nothing, it’s never so. Until we haven’t learnt the lesson, we probably won’t be set free from bad experiences. Every single person makes difference today and now. I wish we went only for smart choices whenever possible.

Just a week ago
Fall flew by swiftly and became a memory
This was the snowy look we got 2 days ago

I hope you’re cautious and staying safe during this final stretch before the improvement sets in!

26 thoughts on “Dimensions of time

  1. “Psychologically, time is a very complex phenomenon. Some people feel young at old age and some are born to never be young.” is an astute observation. My mother fell in the latter category. The perception of time and the passage of time plays a critical role in our lives.

    The photos are beautiful. I am not surprised you have snow now. Around here, snow reports go by elevation. At 800 feet, we have had some very cold mornings, but no snow, yet.

    As you know from the news, it has been an unusually difficult time for your neighbors to the south, and I am waiting anxiously for the new year while also being thankful for what we have during these times when so many have so little.

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    1. Thanks Lavinia!
      I had a neighbour girl, who was never young and never behaved like a kid. You could say she was very mature already at age 6 and skipped the youth years and jumped into middle age right away. What’s interesting is that she looked older, as well, and by age 20 looked like as if she was at least 50 and that wasn’t due to any disease or genetic issue. I find that upbringing has a big effect on how we live, perceive the world and our place in it.
      I know kids who were raised by grandparents and who behaved as much older people with all age-related concerns. Grandparents can be also different, some are very active and very enthusiastic about everything, and then, we have people, who want to be left alone and who have shut down the surrounding world.
      In later years, I studied to a big extent importance of a whole family.
      I worked at high schools and colleges in Europe for many years, and it was amazing to find out why somebody is turning out like they were.
      North America had already back then very advanced facial and body restructuring and altering surgeries, but we relied only on what nature had given us and on care we provided ourselves with. It was more a result of cause and effect.
      The other thing is that without internet there was nothing to compare one with daily and hourly. Therefore, depression rates were so much lower. You cannot be disappointed and in frustration about something you don’t know exists.
      The current dissatisfaction and desperation often arises from comparing conditions and circumstances of oneself and others. The focus has shifted from what we can do to what the absolutely best outcome is.
      Snow has melted by now, but it’s dark and gloomy outdoors. I rely on daylight a lot for art, and this darkness is a problem.
      I hope you get through this prolonged virus period in the nest possible shape. People living out of big cities and towns are at advantage currently. You have space and place to move around and there’s no threat coming into contact with infection.
      Financially, it’s my worst year ever. I have cut absolutely all spending: one cannot spend what they don’t have. I have almost gotten rid of any debt, just in case.
      Well, it’s good being able to have a satisfactory life using mostly things I have created on my own. We are buying only basic food, that’s all, and paying bills.

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  2. theburningheart

    Great post on time, Inese, casually just this morning read:

    “Dabei gibt es keine zeitliche Messung, ein Jahr spielt keine Rolle und zehn Jahre sind nichts. Künstler zu sein bedeutet: nicht zu nummerieren und zu zählen, sondern wie ein Baum zu reifen, der seinen Saft nicht erzwingt und selbstbewusst in den Stürmen des Frühlings steht, ohne Angst zu haben, dass der Sommer danach nicht kommt. Es kommt. Aber es geht nur um diejenigen, die geduldig sind, die da sind, als ob die Ewigkeit vor ihnen liegt, so unbesorgt still und gewaltig. Ich lerne es jeden Tag meines Lebens, lerne es mit Schmerzen, für die ich dankbar bin: Geduld ist alles! “

    Rilke. 🙂

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    1. I definitely believe it is. Patience is also the one thing many people don’t have nowadays. You probably know that saying about waiting long enough by the river. That’s it. I have learned patience, and I sometimes wonder whether it happens naturally as one ages.
      Days are too short in December, just woke up and the supper time is already here.
      Best wishes to you also!

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  3. theburningheart

    It’s as you say.
    Here it gets dark about 5PM and we get sunrise about 7:30 AM and the day seems very short, I just can imagine at your North latitude in Canada!

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    1. I think it’s almost the same, quite similar. Sunrise is at 7.34 tomorrow, sunset at 4.38, so it’s dark by 5 pm because we get lingering light for a while, except when it rains or snows. I’m kind of not that far from NY, we have the same time zone. To be honest, I haven’t given this much thought, but it seemed it was the same what we had in Latvia, too. December has short days. Very difficult with art and picture taking. I just start and next thing I know, it’s totally dark.
      I don’t even know where you’re located at the moment. It’s a very Southern location? Probably is of which I’m envious about.
      Take care

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      1. theburningheart

        I am way Southwest, on the pacific Coast 31.86 latitude, I do not know where you live in Canada but Toronto possibly the Southern most biggest city from Canada it’s 43.65 N Latittude,
        Which means on Winter your daylight must be pretty short, and in Summer very long.

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  4. theburningheart

    Well, I guess compared with Canada, yes it is, right now our temperature it’s 17C, 62F but will top at 21C 69.8, tonight the lowest will be 9C , 48F. However people here do not call that warm. 🙂

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  5. theburningheart

    We also get some extreme weather once in a while, and we may not get it for some years, usually on El Niño years we get a lot of rains in winter, and cold temperatures, below 0, but fortunately for us, it just happens seldom, and for just a few days, this year so far, winter looks mild.
    I joke to a woman friend, who is entertaining ideas of moving to Canada, but she lives on the Tropics: “Do not even think about it, you will be miserable in Winter, as it is, I do not believe you will like Winter, here where I am living, even less Canada. ” 🙂

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    1. Good advice!
      Nobody likes winter, except maybe kids or people love skiing and skating.
      It is fine up to Christmas, but afterwards all that sleet, freezing rain, lots of snow shoveling and need to always bundle up starts to impact mood.
      We had bad weather sometimes in March, as well. I am all for mild winters, preferably with hardly any snow. My sister told they had much milder winters than before 2000 when I was there.
      I’m not a winter person, I wouldn’t miss it one small bit.

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  6. theburningheart

    I cannot blame you.
    I grew up on the tropics, but I moved North at seventeen years of age, now do not care for extremes, neither cold, neither too hot, fortunately where I live we have a Mediterranean sort of weather, it may get a little bit hot sometimes, but it doesn’t last, neither the cold spells. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 85°F and is rarely below 43°F or above 92°F. 🙂

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    1. That’s the possibly best climate one could live in. I usually do not know the Fahrenheit temperatures, but it seems it is something mild and not too hot.
      I’m used to the metric system, and I had absolutely no understanding of sizes and length in inches or lbs when I arrived to Canada. I still don’t.
      The most I know is sizes of paintings because I have to deal with that daily. Lb I take as a half kg which is not completely right, but all yards and miles, oz and others, I will never learn since it’s so easy to know 100 ml or 1 meter which consists of 100 cm. Way easier!
      I cannot even understand how it can be so different all around the globe. Lucky me, I was born in a place where there are meters and kg. LOL.

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  7. theburningheart

    Believe me I am with you, and I am glad Abu’l Hasan Ahmad ibn Ibrahim Al-Uqlidisi wrote the earliest surviving book on the positional use of the Arabic numerals, Kitab al-Fusul fi al-Hisab al-Hindi (The Arithmetics of Al-Uqlidisi) around 952. It is especially notable for its treatment of decimal fractions, and that it showed how to carry out calculations without deletions.
    Can’t figure out why in the USA they still cling to the outdated Imperial British system when even the British abandoned in 1965!
    I still remember with glee, how some friends of mine in the USA thought I was a genius, when I could come fast with results without using pen, and paper to calculate using the decimal system!! 🙂

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    1. Interesting!
      I’ve never spent any time researching the origins of numeral systems, but it is definitely an amazing subject.
      These different systems are so outdated, really. In Canada, you’d often see even both, like conversion from kg to lb on a price tag, but temperature is reported in Celsius degrees, thankfully, and that suits me. It doesn’t stop there, we had this old Latvian measurement system, too, and that was like a completely different approach which I never learned.
      It seems you’ve researched the numeral systems and are aware of the important names within the field which is one more encyclopedic feature of you: to sort out and know so much about things which other people wouldn’t even notice.

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  8. theburningheart

    I was taught the decimal system on elementary school, my country of birth adopted the Decimal system since 1860, besides I am just a curious person, and like to read, to know about things, and be informed, but this, as a child I was taught at school everything about the decimal system and even know that the French and Spaniards come up with the meter. The meter was originally defined in 1793 as one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole and that they kept a bar composed of an alloy of 90% platinum and 10% iridium, measured at the melting point of ice, and kept at a constant temperature in Sevres France, but today they use a as the length of the path travelled by light in a vacuum in
    1/
    299 792 458 of a second.

    The amazing thing, it’s that at school I paid attention, and still remember it! 🙂
    Except for the last part about the speed of light in a vacuum, that I learned of lately!

    Take care, Inese. 🙂

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    1. Amazing! I don’t think they ever taught that at our Latvian schools, but it was 60s of the previous century, in 70s, I was already at University studying German at first.
      I also remember lots of things from school time still. I suppose my focus went more for other things, even though, I had excellent grades in all subjects, I never loved Physics, Math, Chemistry too much. The interesting part is that I participated in state competitions in these subjects, we had such.
      I really loved foreign languages because we had to study Russian from the first grade and obviously Latvian, the native language, so German and English was exciting, opened the door to other cultures. And I was protesting against everything that was mandatory. Oh well, that didn’t work out too good, but as Latvian in Soviet Latvia, you had a very different perception, you had to fight for your native language and culture because everything was prohibited, that includes Christmas and other celebrations like Easter or Latvian Midsummer.

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  9. theburningheart

    I was young, and had very good memory unlike today, I could remember entire sentences in a book, and in what page they were, I hardly studied my assignments, because relied on my memory, during the class when listening the teacher explanations, and could write them as answers, almost verbatim.
    I was not a lazy student, just interested in many things, and read a lot, but very few regarding the assignments, I could get away with a B, or in the worst case a C, I was too busy reading topics I cared for at the time, but very little related to my assignments in class. 🙂

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    1. It feels like you have a very good memory, actually.
      The same here.
      I never studied for hours because I could remember everything by heart. I only had what you call in America A and A+, in all subjects. In Latvia it was numbers, at my time, excellent was 5, later became 10. The University was easy, too.
      I’ve been writing about that a lot on the art blog, how the memory stays very good when one has to do daily drawing from real things. It’s like photographing the subject and then drawing it. During University years 1976-88, I supported myself with drawing portraits of whoever wanted them. I won’t go into depth of it because there really many articles I’ve written about the scientific side of it, but it really works for some people, maybe not all. Research also finds that people remember what they have drawn even if they cannot recall anything else.
      Using memory helps maintaining it in a good condition, that’s the point.
      There are things which one doesn’t need to remember and then again there are the crucial, important things, and we work out a system.
      Thankfully, I cannot complain. I don’t make or need any lists and pretty much keep my appointments in my head. Better memory also comes from translating insanely difficult texts. I am still learning some new words in English every single day. For my writing not to be native in EN is limiting, but for my memory it’s excellent. Just 15 years ago, I first looked up the German word, then its translation into English. There weren’t Latvian>English dictionaries online then.
      So, we just keep memory busy and going!

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  10. theburningheart

    Bottom line the brain, its like a muscle, and we need to keep busy doing mental exercising, the moment people go soft, and complacent, the brain, as well as the muscles go to waste. 🙂

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    1. That’s correct that we need to keep the brain engaged to a high degree, the more we use it, the better for us. Using it not only makes longer the communication pathways, synapses longer, bt also takes care of lifespan of all the billions of neurons.
      I also believe that age shouldn’t affect the ability to process info and memory. Certainly, aging touches every part of us, yet, we have seen how in a crashed body the brain can still function and do it quite well. In fact, with all the huge discoveries and technical advances in exploration, there are extremely many things we do not know about our own brain.
      The brain consists for the biggest part of fat, a quite specific fat, therefore, I’m a big believer also in consuming natural fats. It probably comes to the highest stage of naturalility and the lowest modification level of fats which is so difficult to find in developed countries. People discontinued fat consumption because they believe that’s what is causing all diseases when the truth is that consuming artificial and highly modified, genetically altered food and supplements is the worst part of our diets. And what happened is we got the epidemics of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
      It’s a very extensive subject, we better leave it at simply using the brain and doing it hourly and daily and every single day of our life. You just get me going on the medical stuff and I won’t shut up for a year since that’s what I’ve been working on for the last 35 years.

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