Book Review: Creating Time

“Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life”

by Marney K. Makridakis (New World Library ISBN 978-1-60868-111-2)

One day recently I got through all my tasks, appointments and events very smoothly. I’ll bet it was because I had been reading Creating Time, a book that helps reimagine our perception of time.

My attention to the sequential events on the day in question could be referred to as kronos time.

“Kronos is linear, moving inexorably out of the determinate past toward the determined future, and has no freedom.”

The Greeks have another word for a different experience of time: kairos. “Kairos is circular, dancing back and forth, here and there, without beginning or ending, and knows no boundaries.” Kairos time is what you could experience when you engage in the visual art assignments Makridakis outlines at the end of each chapter. You’ll be amazed at how time flies and how many possibilities you’ll uncover.

Section 1 of the book invites readers to explore their relationship with time. Section 2 is “Creating Time through Creativity” with inspiring chapters full of Makridakis’s unique methods for creating time. The “ARTsignments” at the end of each chapter are outlined step-by-step with visual examples created by the author and over eighty other artists and writers.

The book is illustrated in full colour which makes it a visual delight. As well as sharing her art, Makridakis shares her personal stories. Sometimes the wise words of her young son illustrate a concept of time. It’s interesting that his name is Kai reminding one of Kairos although his name is from the Hawaiian for “ocean.”

Multitasking or “scattered time,” Makridakis says is a great way to speed up time. Also connecting to your passion.

To slow time, create focused time and literally slow down. Connect with your senses and notice everything happening.

Ways to create time, with chapters devoted to them, are through flow, gratitude, love, ritual, stillness, metaphor, new measures, synchronicity, visualization and permission.

While having a sense of the practical, there is a wonderful sense of play about the book with its examples of offbeat clocks and creative time-pieces.

Section 3 helps readers integrate all the concepts explored in the book. Or you can go directly to the Time Design Diagnosis Chart which will lead you to the chapters with the Time Transcendence Tools most relevant to you. I’m sure they’ll lead you to reading the whole book to experience your own time metamorphosis.

Mary Ann Moore is a poet, writer and creator of Writing Home: A Whole Life Practice.