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Time...and time again...

Clocks slay time...time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. William Faulkner

Since I mentioned kairos time, I have heightened my awareness of  dialogue about the importance of taking time. In two entirely different arenas, art and politics,  time is  given the importance it needs.!

In his blog ”The Painter’s Keys”, Robert Genn discusses the importance of taking time focus on creating art.

“It's the march of time. It's amazing what you can get done in fifteen minutes. It's amazing how time slips through your fingers. 
The true nature of time may forever remain a mystery. Apart from the clang of it, it's by getting things done that we measure it. The job of art is to turn time into things. "

In addition, today, on 43 Folders, I came across a quote from a private conversation between Barack Obama and David Cameron, Member of British Parliament. Barack stated, and David Cameron agreed on the importance of taking time to think and process, as addressed this passage;

"...actually the most important thing you need to do is to have big chunks of time during the day when all you’re doing is thinking..."

Both quotes are talking about focused, yet unscheduled time.

It is my understanding from personal experience, as well as reading about the creative process, that granting yourself this focused, yet unstructured time allows new connections and ideas to bubble up from the unconscious.

When do you allow this to happen? Some days, I can't manage it at all, except for maybe pausing to look out a window! Other days I can totally ignore clock time! ( Much to the consternation of whomever I am to meet!)