The Time Keeper

“Ends are for yesterday, not for tomorrows”

Mitch Albom’s The Time Keeper is interesting enough to freeze time or at least to keep me from noticing that quite a big chunk of it has gone.  It basically tells the story of Dor, who is imprisoned in a cave for 6,000 years for trying to capture the essence of Time through his tools and invention. When he is finally “freed” from the cave, he is tasked to teach the real value of Time relative to the meaning of Life to two mortals and as an effect, to himself.

The book presents life-lessons that are not entirely foreign or new such as how we waste Time by trying to “catch” Time or how we miss the living part of life by counting our days and minutes only to find ourselves begging for more when we’ve noticed we only have a handful of it left.

What makes this book engrossing despite the cliches, is its simplicity and how it tried to veer away from a preachy tone which is almost always present in books that are lesson-giving.

“There was always a quest for more minutes, more hours, faster progress to accomplish more in each day. The simple joy of living between summers was gone.”

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Some of the things I learned from the previous workplace:

  • Age does not equate to efficiency. This rings true for years of experience as well. Just because someone is older than you, does not mean he or she is more capable.
  • Loyalty is not everything. I once thought that loyalty is one of the most important things in life. I guess life should not be viewed in black or white. There are shades of grey in between. I have to keep that in mind.
  • I should stop burning bridges. Life is short. Explore bridges and keep the important ones open. The ones that are not too important, we should not set on fire. Let them wither on their own. Who knows, maybe wild flowers would grow on them.
  • Love yourself as much as you love others.
  • Seek for justice no matter what but keep in mind that words of Mufasa. “Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.”
  • Let yourself be heard even if your voice shakes.
  • Fall in love with the sun when you enter the workplace but greet the moon at home.

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