In fact, Ancient Greeks created different words to describe what kind of time they were dealing with. The two core words Greeks used for time were: Chronos and Kairos.
Chronos is the passage of time. Past - Present - Future. It’s every tick of the clock. Every day on the calendar. Every year of your life.
Chronos is important to understand how time is used.
Kairos is the value of time. It has nothing to do with the amount or passage of time. It’s the importance of that time. It’s the opportune moment. It’s your baby falling asleep in your arms. It’s the last words you share with your mom.
Kairos is important to understand the value of time. Whether it’s 10 seconds, 10 hours, or 10 years.
There’s one more profound way the Greeks saw time that not many people know. When I discovered it I recognized how powerful it is right away. I’ll tell you about it tomorrow.
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