Do you know the time of your birth? Do you know if the time you were born was auspicious? If it was not, do you do you regret it?
You skipped your meal because you were busy with work and by the time you decide to eat you notice that it is not the auspicious hour of the day. Do you starve?
The doctor schedules a life- saving procedure on a loved one at a time when the calendar says is unsuitable. Do you reschedule?
The job interview is in the middle of the inauspicious time of the day. Do you give it a miss?
Do you breathe any less or any more during the “auspicious” or “inauspicious” parts of the day?
Do you live different during the day despite the ebbs and flows of the good and “bad” times?
If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, I would like to know the reason why. Time is the most expensive and perishable commodity in the world and why must people set apart time into good and bad? People these days cutting across faiths are checking the almanac when they start something big or new. I remember in my first job waiting for the clock to strike the hour before the client will sign the loan document and the cheque leaves. I am still asked to schedule meetings at times that are suitable for the client and since the customer is always right, I accept.
I do not know the reason for good time and better time; I will not call time bad as there is no such thing as bad time. The absence of good cannot simply become bad and the same time works differently for different people. The moment for one which is good or better has already passed for someone else in another part of the world and is yet to come for yet another in another part of the world.
The best laid plans can fail and so it is with those who choose the most appropriate time for a wedding. After matching the horrorscopes (intentional) and deciding the time which is suitable for a life of marital bliss you find weddings falling apart. Surprisingly time is seldom blamed because frankly you can’t blame it can you? How many people have asked for a refund from the friendly astrologer who gave the opportune time?
I am not against traditions and ancient wisdom which have brought about many sound practices which have since given way to routine and emerged as rituals or superstitions. All I would suggest is that time is precious and living the moment is essential for the next moment is not in our hands. The almanac is an indicator of a better time but it is not the only time.
As the great master Oogway said…