I’m thinking about the seasons as a metric of measuring time, about spending time with my grandmother and seeing her live based off the harvest, based off connections with her community—the time it takes to have a conversation, the time it takes to finish a mug of tea. These metrics allow us to conceptualize our own presence on earth outside of the rigid colonial tools that we’ve been given.
“Rituals stabilize life by structuring time.”
What we need most are temporal structures that stabilize life. When everything is short-term, life loses all stability. Stability comes over long stretches of time: faithfulness, bonds, integrity, commitment, promises, trust.