Look at your work, the things you're putting into the world. When did you last feel like time was conspiring with you to create that work? When was the last occasion when time seemed to stand still because of the depth of flow or inspiration you had for the work in front of you? When was that last time you were able to share that abundance of time with your teammates or family members?
The Holidays are interesting experimentations with time. Society some how makes "holy-day" by setting it apart, putting a halo on the day or season. And then we use calendars to count down to that set apart day and mark off time from our occupations to attend to avocations and family and friends. Many of us will be with people in segments of time- set apart by a meal or a football contest or a movie. Some college kids will return home and cram every moment with something or someone, while others will crash and sleep off a semesters worth of stress.
I heard Wayne Muller once say something like "We are told time is money and money is time. We spend our younger years spending money to save time, and spending time making money. We spend our latter days spending money to slow down the end of our time." All too often time can be a resented enemy. Time can also be an attachment, bolstering our false confidence (It's finally my time) or our victimizing stories of scarcity (there's not enough time).
And its not just the quantifying of time that distorts our experiences but the immutability of it. Our past can haunt us and the future can worry us. John O'Donohue put it well when he said that "Stress it the modern word we use to describe a perverse relationship with time." Most of us driven creatives and activists seem to get caught in that trap where we want time for our self, we want to "use" time to get ahead, we rush time and resent it as a creative partner. Few of us always appreciate our relationship with time.
But to work with time is to consent to it, and to be here now. Your life is a collection of moments, segments of time. Time is as much current as it is currency.
Think of the time you have on your hands. Consider what sort of white space you could quarter off in this season—unplanned space for mystery to linger, unmanaged space for the other to effect you and your loved ones, space to ask your body "hows it going?" and to listen to its response. Holidays are a great place to play with your time and reset your relationship with this temporal part of the human creative experience. It's counter intuitive, but treating time as abundant actually expands the sense of time you have on your hands. After a retreat I'll often hear participants share that time well spent in rest and focus enabled them to re-learn how to say no, and get clearer on what is worth saying yes to.
Make this holiday a "holy-day" by setting apart moments of time for awareness to emerge, and time to renegotiate your relationship with the "moments" that total up to your life.