When God made time
When God created time, he made plenty of it (Irish and Celtic saying). Why then it feels like we always don’t have enough time
When God made time,
he made plenty of it (Irish and Celtic saying). Why then it feels like we always don’t have enough time for the things we want to do and for the people we want to spent time with? You can give an easy answer and say: “Time flies!” and its true! Tempus fugit!
Last week I met a person how told me:
“No, I don’t want to wear a watch so it will constantly remind me on “time is short” and drive me through the day.”
I, as a watchmaker, love watches. Not for telling me the time and constantly remind me that I must hurry up. No. My watch helps me to slow down. I sit down, taking the watch crown between my thumb and the index finger and turn it slowly.
I enjoy the sound of winding my watch, observe the second hand. How it is slowly cursing around its center. I turn the watch around and see through the sapphire back the movement. An entire universe in a case. The balance is oscillation, the wheels are turning. The power comes from the mainspring that I just wound. A perfect mechanism, beautiful to observe. Living in a complex world, a mechanical watch is so simple and therefore so beautiful. I can see with my own eyes and hear it with my own ears how it is working. Maybe therefore I am a watchmaker.
In these moments of slowing down
I start to think about Time.
For all of us we have 24 hours a day. Some people have the privilege to decide what to do with their time. Some people don’t. But everyone has 24 hours. No matter whether rich or poor, old or young, tall or small. And our watches measure these 24 hours. In hours, minutes and seconds. Just linear. But we all experience time differently. Some moments feel very long and boring that we wish it will be over soon. Like the last department meeting, the lesson in school or the waiting in a traffic jam.
That are the moments that are dragging. But the older you get the faster the days, weeks and years run down. Why do we feel like this? Probably because of fewer and fewer expectations or anticipation with growing age. As a child, you can’t wait for the next event. Children ask when is my birthday? When is Christmas? Or when are we finally there? But when we grow up, we think: oh, Christmas, again! We don’t have anticipation for those things that become normal to us.
What are the things or the people you are joyfully waiting for to do or to meet?
Every morning I wake up early and cannot sleep any more at 4 or 5 in the morning because I cannot wait to come into my workshop and make my watches.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. When I observe my two-year-old daughter, it happenes to her several times a day that …
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. *
When I observe my two-year-old daughter, it happenes to her several times a day that she is so astonished, surprised and happy that she shouts it out loud because…
When God created time, he made plenty of it (Irish and Celtic saying). Why then it feels like we always don’t have enough time.
When God made time, he made plenty of it (Irish and Celtic saying). Why then it feels like we always don’t have enough time for the things we want to do and for the people we want to spent time with? You can give an easy answer and say: “Time flies!” and its true! Tempus fugit!
In a fast-moving world, where everything must be quick, efficient and cheap, we are used to do different things at the same time, communicating to different people in different channels about different topics and trying to concentrate on many things at the same time.
We try to be omnipresent in order to not missing out something. The result is that we lose the ability to focus on one thing for a longer time. But if you want to achieve something significant exactly this ability is needed.
Several years ago, I realized something about myself: I am highly motivated, when I can learn something new. It energizes me to do something I never did before and I don’t yet have the skills to do. It’s not only the result that challenges me. But moreover, the process of improving the skills and finally gaining the ability to do it, is very appealing to me.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? It’s a new start, a new year. It’s a new day and a new chance.
May be 50 percent of your new year’s resolution you gave up already. Or you did not even have some this year. Don’t worry! You don’t need a new year to start again. Often, it’s not the future we are afraid of. Its repeating the past that makes us anxious.
Steffen Cornehl repairs and restores antique mechanical watches – He is crazy about time
… for more than 20 years now. Big historical watches in museums in St. Petersburg and small disctintive pocket watches and wrist watches, that are very dear to their owners. Crazy about time.
It is the artisanal challenge that attracts Steffen Cornehl as well as the creative possibilities that come along with mastering the different crafts. Along the way, there is still a lot to discover and to learn. The current status becomes manifest in our current collection. The future starts today.