The Love/Hate Relationship I Have With My Watch

I wear a watch every day.  Each morning after I get out of bed, the first thing that I reach for is my watch.  I am one of those people who is at least ten minutes early for any appointment and I glance at my watch several times each day.  I wouldn’t even know how it would feel or how stressful it would be to ever forget my watch, because it simply would not happen.  I look at my watch and see that sometimes time goes by very quickly and at other times time passes much too slowly.  Even though it feels that way to me, my watch is keeping perfect time, time neither speeds up nor slows down according to my watch.  I love my watch.

I have a friend who never wears a watch.  If someone asks her what time it is, her answer is always something like, ‘it’s around……’  She’s often late, never in a hurry and is so very relaxed and stress-free.  I have asked her, ‘doesn’t it drive you crazy to not know exactly what time it is?’  Her response, ‘No’.  Wow, I wish that I could not wear a watch.  I hate my watch.

The reality is that I am the type of person who needs a watch.  I would not be casual and stress-free without my watch, as a matter of fact, it would cause me even greater anxiety.  I need my watch, I adhere to schedules, I make to-do lists, I set goals and timetables.  There is, however, a time when I don’t wear a watch……

Each year I try to go on retreat for a week at a monastery.  You know that the monks pray many times each day and they are called to prayer by the bells.  The bells ring and the monks stop whatever they are doing and come together and pray – just beautiful.  The last time I was there, I took my watch off and lived by the bells.  I can’t tell you how wonderful that was.  The bells gave me the structure that I seem to need but not the compulsion that I can sink into.  I didn’t need to know exactly what time it was, I was on God’s time.  (Kairos/Chronos)

My watch sat on the desk in my retreat room for a week….maybe next time I can actually leave it at home….now that’s progress!

10 thoughts on “The Love/Hate Relationship I Have With My Watch

  1. Now the good thing about this love/hate relationship is the fun you can have picking up different styles of watches and changing your watch fashion. You’ll be keeping time in style!

  2. I had a watch once … it was unbreakable, shock-proof, anti-magnetic, able to work under water at n feet of depth, able to withstand barometric pressure and extremes of temperature. It caught fire !!!

    Seriously though; Jesus didn’t have a watch. Yet He gave of His time to all those who needed it, right up to the moment He ran out of time on the Cross.

    Our most precious gift to others is time. Time spent with relatives, friends or even the old lady living alone with no one to talk to.

    If I could save time in a bottle …

    God bless.

  3. Hi, Thank you for your prayers for me and my dear Frank…they are very needed. The Lord is blessing us greatly in so many area’s of our life as my husband faces his heart transplant. We are not fearful..only feel a dread of the process and unknown. It feels good to have my computer back if only for a short time…I have missed my blogger friends that the Lord has brought into my life. I always come away from your blog with a healthy spiritual out look. I am also a clock watcher..and this a a good thing now that I will need to be as a care giver to my husband. My husband gifted me with a beautiful watch that I am proud to wear. Blessings to your day. 🙂 Dee

  4. Hi Andie,
    I’m a chronic clock watcher myself. My watch recently broke and I haven’t replaced it yet so often I find myself glancing at my bare wrist because I’m so used to constantly checking the time.

  5. This was so cute Andie! I love your love-hate relationship with your watch! 🙂 But the monastery… how wonderful to spend a week there, what an unusual and neat thing to do.


  6. i love that you do this: that you go to a monastery once a year, and leave your watch at home. i don’t wear a watch, but i often wish i did 🙂 i went to a monastery for the weekend in korea, and the silence was so very holy… there was no need for time…

  7. Ah, but MY problem is the internet. My iPhone has an internet connection so I can check my email 100 times a day. Or more.

    I wish I didn’t have an iPhone. But I am not about to give it up.

    Hmmm. Now that I think of it . . . maybe Lent.

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