Random Thought 6: Justifying our time (Rant)

by Jim Morgan

When Saint Peter Plays back the tape of our lives  how surprised we will be to see how much of our lives was wasted on minutiae like television and web browsing. We are all griping about not having any time, but how does one not “have time?”

How many of us have ever tried to justify our time? It starts with making a simple accounting of where we were and what we did. Do any of us ever think about what we are doing or do we just do it?

Monks of several different religions pause several times a day and make a mental note of exactly where they are and what they are doing. No subjective adjectives in this procedure, just a simple and candid observation of the reality around them. If they are digging hole in the ground then they say to themselves that they are digging holes in the ground.

The first step in dealing with an alcoholic is admitting they are an alcoholic, that is facing reality. Perhaps the first step to spiritual growth is facing reality, period.

The Japanese have a small literary tradition of poetic diaries. These diaries are usually filled with poems about the courts of the Emperor or they are travel journals.  An interesting project might be to stop several times each day and write a haiku (or senryu) about what is going on, right now this very moment. Haiku are tight snapshots of life. This wouldn’t be hard to do.

Then after a month or so of doing this it might be interesting to go back and read this “Uta Nikki” and see where we really do spend our time.