Stories About Time

On this webpage you will find a collection of moral stories about time.

Story About Sense Of Time...

Once, an old man and a young man were sitting on the shore of a wild and stormy river.

“Master,” the student asked, “why does the time flow straight, but always ripples, either slowing down to a complete stop, or racing like a cow with a thistle under her tail?”

The teacher looked at the seething water and answered:

“You see there are a few large stones in the river and a lot a small pebbles. Imagine that the river is your life. If you will only rejoice over big occasions: about your wedding that will happen next month, that after one year you will have a son, that after five years you will be able to start your business, then you will cross your life in a few jumps, like jumping from one stone to another. If you will move in small paces over the pebbles, taking joy in small things: a sunny day, the beauty of autumn forest, a good conversation, later looking back at your life you won’t see ten big stones, on which you jumped, but lots of your own traces, every of which you will be able to remember with a happy smile. And you will see that the road that you have crossed is much longer.”

“But teacher, when I love, do the work that I like, talk with friends – the time flies fast, but the same time drags so long when I’m hurting, when I’m afraid and alone.”

“You see,” the old man answered wistfully, “this is what it should be. When we are unhappy, we don’t live but exist. During it, the time lies still in our wallets, and only for our happiness we pay the ringing coin of time, that we still have left.”

 

Stories about time...

One day a wise man was asked a question: “What is time?”

His answer was:

– Yesterday, today, tomorrow…

The one who asked the question was disappointed:

– That’s it?

– Well, – the wise man said, – then listen to this story.

 

There was Today which wanted to become Always…  Yesterday said:

– I also wanted to become Always when I was you…

– Did you ask Always how it does that? – inquired Today.

– I asked.

– And?

– By changing, – was its answer, – by becoming Tomorrow from Today.

– But that means, – Today thought, – that Always does not belong to itself. It is always someone else! It means that something is making it do that. But what is it?

Yesterday said:

– Maybe it’s Time?

– What is time? – Today asked. – It’s only you and me, and also Tomorrow…

 

The one who was asking the wise man said nothing more, because another person, who was silent before, joined their conversation:

– But wise man, it means that time is the thing what passes. And that is wrong. It can also last by stopping.

The wise man looked at him with curiosity and answered with a smile:

– You are right. Sometimes today can last hundreds and thousands of years… before it passes. Sometimes it feels like yesterday has come back and we are living in it. There is a little bit of tomorrow in yesterday and in today, but we rarely recognise it. It turns out that there is only this trinity.

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