The concept of time has been treated differently in different periods of time. In ancient Greece time was treated as a circle. Hesiod, the Greek historian of 8th century B.C. divided time into five ages of mankind, beginning with the golden age of the distant past when men lived in peace and continuing up to the contemporary Iron Age where fights and warfare prevail.
In contrast to the western theory of linear concept of time, Hinduism views the concept of time as cyclical, and there is a cosmic perspective to it. Time is a precious gift given to not only mankind but for every living being. Time is often referred as “Kala” in Sanskrit because according to the Hindu theory of creation, time is a manifestation of God and “kalachakra” is cycle of time. This precision of time management by Mother Nature is visible in every activity such as the seasonal changes of the Earth, blossoming of buds into flowers, life cycle of every living being from birth till death and even the working of involuntary organs in human body.
German Nobel Prize Winner, Thomas Mann in his novel ‘The Magic Mountain’ writes: “What is time? It is a secret – lacking in substance and yet almighty.” Its true time is invisible yet most powerful which rules each and every thing.
In every culture across the World, time has been given utmost importance .The old adage “Time and Tide wait for none”, has its origins in ancient English. “He who hesitates is lost” perfectly matches the meaning conveyed by the former proverb. ‘Tide’ in the proverb which is in discussion didn’t refer to the contemporary meaning of the word, i.e. the rising and falling of the sea, but to a period of time.
Time and tide are symbols of things in the world which do not have consideration or tolerance for anything. They symbolize opportunity. This self explanatory proverb is so true to all spheres of life!
A famous saying in Hindi, it preaches to make the most of today – the present , plan for tomorrow but do not grieve for yesterday. Individual savings of time may seem unimportant, we tend to overlook the fact that such short moments add up.
Let us take a peep into one of the contemporary issues to understand the nuances of the proverb in discussion. Climate change is the utmost sensitive issue which should be dealt on time otherwise the humanity and living system is sure to become extinct in the blink of the eye. Signatories of Kyoto protocol committed themselves to reduce emission by 5 percent of 1990 levels by 2012, but this hasn’t been achieved at least to the satisfactory level. Human resolve, leadership and timely intervention are very much necessary to mitigate the effects of green house gases. In this context the emergency of the situation is very much clear and appropriate action should be taken without fail before the precious time slips away. Time should never be wasted as said by Shakespeare in ‘Richard II’, “I wasted time and now doth time waste me”. Especially in the present case of global warming, time shouldn’t be wasted so as to curb the frequency and intensity of droughts which are inevitable in the absence of timely action.
Time is of utmost importance in each and every profession. Considering the medical profession, for example treatment of ailments within right time and with right medicines is extremely important. The precision of a surgeon’s knife should be like clockwork to save a patient’s life.
There have been numerous cases of perfect time management by able doctors who have saved not only lives but also relieved many patients from terminal diseases to a large extent.
Thus, time is very important for every work to be completed as required. For example, market leadership of software industry enjoyed by Mr.Narayana Murthy of Infosys is very much commendable. The perfect time management and dynamic leadership are the key ingredients of success for this I.T giant. Similarly successful business, entrepreneurs, writers, scientists, leaders, administrators, players, athletes etc are the product of perfect time management and utilization.
Planning the activities is important to achieve /complete the tasks. Timetables are introduced to a child at a very early stage to imbibe the basic characteristic of timely planning. Therefore time should be planned and utilized effectively so as to complete the tasks as required and in a better way.
As Stephen R Covey writes in “7 Habits of Highly Effective people”:
“I am personally persuaded that the essence of the best thinking in the area of time management can be captured in a single phrase:
Organize and execute around priorities. The beauty and perfection lies in the fact that our priorities must align with our value system i.e. we must produce results & strengthen our relationships at the same time. Set your priorities & start utilizing your time effectively. Value the time you have in hand and invest it only in those activities that truly count!! ”
Time is uniform, impartial and equal to all. The same quantum of time is available for everyone regardless of place, position, wealth or religion. It neither waits nor cares for none but still it is considered as a best healer.
Time is a cruel pencil given to us by GOD which has no eraser. We can’t delete or edit the mistakes which have been already committed. As Ben Hecht rightly said, “Time is a circus always packing up and moving away.” It depends on us to catch up on the opportunities because time is like sand which just slips away waiting for none.
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