In the past, our timekeeping systems were synchronized with the systems of the earth. The rhythms and seasons of nature help us orient and make sense of when we are. Digital media has warped our subjective sense of time and thrown us into a state of atemporal confusion.
“The slow blade penetrates the shield,” a phrase from the novel Dune (...). I think of it because I like the notion that in the struggle to create something—to bring to fruition a project, a work of art, a company, whatever— sometimes the best strategy is slowness.
I realize now what it means to have patience; this patience has taught me the silence that belongs in my most beautiful hours, as my confidant. It also makes me realize that our greatest treasure is not rational understanding, but what ripens within us, silently and unconsciously, and will one say come to the surface of the soul.