The ancient Greeks had two ways of expressing time. Chronos and karios. Chronos referred to time as it passed or chronological time. Karios on the other hand, referred to a special moment of time in which something special happens.
The idea behind karios is that when this special moment occurs, it must fully be taken advantage of otherwise the moment will have been wasted. There is the thought that “educated people” are those who manage their lives so that when karios occurs they are able to rise and take the best course of action.
I believe that karios occurs almost constantly in our lives. That almost every choice we make either leads us to mediocrity or to greatness. The trick of course is know which choice is what. The difference is most of the time easy. The karios choice is the one that is not comfortable that takes us away from the easy, ordinary path.
We need to be ready for the karios moment. Our mindset needs to be one of exploration, eagerness. Be ready to jump in with both feet. Remember that each choice you make might be a moment of karios.
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