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“One thing about TimeBanking that makes it fun and interesting is that you never know what offer or request might peep its head over the horizon. I put it out there on the timebank that I would offer listening. It’s not that I’ve had training in being a listener – but the idea of listening has always intrigued me, and I have sought out ways over time to get better at it. A response came from a timebank member who has been very involved, and who I knew. She likes to explore new and interesting things but as a single person, she can’t always find a companion to do them with. Would I join her for a trip one evening to a Korean tea-room some 30 minutes away in Northern Virginia? What a great way to earn some time credits! Of course I said yes. We went. We had a fabulous time. It was quite magical. The aromas of the many different — and beautiful — teas. The tea room decor which was restrained and elegant, and also beautiful. The small glass tea pots that let the glorious colors of the teas shine through. The handle-less, double-skinned glass cups that we poured the tea into. When we put our hands round them to drink, they had the feel of holding a delicate egg. A perfect match for the delicate teas. Time slowed down. And the listening? Well, I did listen. But so did my companion. All round, this was definitely a two-way treat.” - Chris Gray @ DC Timebank, Washington, DC http://ow.ly/Q7HU30afGjm . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #listening

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Reflection by Edgar Cahn

The ceremony creates and celebrates a moment.  Each moment is its own eternity. We experience it. But then it evaporates. But it was, undeniably was – and we have memory as a gift to honor its having  happened.

To live is to savor the moment. TimeBanking is a way to honor that our life is more than a collection of moments.  Moments lived define our life, who we are. But we are more than the sum of our parts, of moments lived.  In appreciating that, our lives are part of a larger, living universal life.

The tea ceremony spans centuries and cultures.  It takes me back to my studies in English literature and the poet, John Donne, who lived from 1572 to 1631.  Two poems of his capture ways of what our lives mean as moments in a larger reality

 “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.”

 

 “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

That is the meaning of the moment.