The Present

One Trip Around

My favorite addition to our household in 2013 was the Present.  A time piece that makes a single circumnavigation of a colored clock face representing each season.  Indecipherable movements mark each day but after a week away you notice time has elapsed.  Almost suddenly the white of the Winter Solstice is abandoned for the blue hues of proper winter.  Resolutions made in the brief white stripe of New Years are forgotten for old habits.  

I use the clock for a strategic planning exercises.  What do you want to accomplish during the Present’s next trip(s) around?  What actions do you need to take?  Who do you need to engage?  Where do you need to travel?  Where does your focus need to land?  What will it feel like to have completed the circle and be forever changed?

So often we bemoan the lack of time available to concentrate on that which fulfills us.  Obligations obscure the summit we set out to climb.  Disorientation comes easily.  Thinly anchored obstacles appear impassable.  Stamina wanes.  We get bored, discouraged, or scared and sit to rest.  We have three hundred and sixty five opportunities to progress towards that which will forever alter our remarkable narrative.

What is waiting for you?

The Present

This is my favorite clock.  The hand transverses a color spectrum background correlated to the seasons.  It takes one year for the annual hand to complete its journey.  The daily movements are so fine as to be imperceptible   Over the course of a week one can observe the subtle passage of time.

My enthusiasm for the Present is not only the remarkable way in which it represents time but also in the manner it calibrates my perception of time.  Far more meaningful are the actions and experiences that take place within the annual transition of seasons than the list of appointments that fill my days on an electronic calendar.  It are those remarkable moments that map back the annual clock.

I use the Present as a metaphor for planning.  Which journeys are worth taking during the next five rotations of the Present that will be meaningful?  Strategy demands a more distant horizon than the actions and objectives that fill the hours of our day.  A new representation of time can be liberating to our thinking.