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‘Kronos v kairos’ time

Glennon Melton, whose Twitter profile reads ‘Life is brutiful,’ blogs about mothering. In this particular post that went viral with American moms, including me, she talks about two kinds of time.

Kronos time is linear time. It’s what makes us feel the pressure to get up and go on to the next thing. It’s what defines the life essence for people who believe ‘work is worship.’ I was reading about it more yesterday, when I picked up the fabulous book, Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together.

Melton, in her post, articulates the opposite of kronos time with this beautifully told story:

Then there’s Kairos time. Kairos is God’s time. It’s time outside of time. It’s metaphysical time. Kairos is those magical moments in which time stands still. I have a few of those moments each day, and I cherish them.

Like when I actually stop what I’m doing and really look at Tish. I notice how perfectly smooth and brownish her skin is. I notice the perfect curves of her teeny elf mouth and her asianish brown eyes, and I breathe in her soft Tishy smell. In these moments, I see that her mouth is moving but I can’t hear her because all I can think is – This is the first time I’ve really seen Tish all day, and my God – she is so beautiful. Kairos. —Glennon Melton, Momastery


Kairos. And being in kairos is where more meaningful, deeper, engagement really happens for us. It’s where as human thinkers, we’re at our best.

Unlike most things branded as desirable in our consumerist American society, you can’t buy kairos. You just have to let it happen to you. How? Taking the time to take it slow. Paying attention. Being there, right there, when the important moment comes. But most important, noticing it. –DK