Time is Infinite

pocket-watch-1637396_1280by: Brooke Allen

Peter Pichler of Stockholm is one of the wisest, most productive, rational, scientifically trained, and humane people I know. He is also one of the best computer programmers around. When I’m in Sweden I seek him out the way a novice seeks a sensei.

One time he told me that when he is stumped he consults the I Ching. I was flabbergasted, and asked, “How can you believe in such mystical rubbish?”

“I don’t believe it has power of divination.” he said, “I do it because it works. It helps me start thinking differently when I’m in a rut.”

One evening, while waiting for a bus, I complemented him on how much he is able to accomplish and yet he always seems to have time for me.

He said, “No problem. Time is infinite.”

I said, “How can that be. I feel like time is running out.”

He said, “Believe time is infinite and you will see that it is.”

The bus came and I said, “I have to go.”

He said, “Or you could take the next bus.”

I wrote and asked if he believed that time was infinite because he thinks there is an afterlife. He responded, “That seems unlikely.”

I began believing that time is infinite and, behold, it is.

There is enough time for everyone and everything that is important – until there isn’t; which turns out to be exactly the right amount of time – no more or no less.

Author: Brooke Allen

Founder – Viral Virtue, Inc.

2 thoughts on “Time is Infinite”

  1. Do you think the idea that time is infinite is related to the idea of making time for things that are important? Rather than there being infinite time, it is an understanding that we do not truly use our time to the best of our ability, and thus if you are able to identify what things are important, you will be able to prioritize for them?


    1. Maybe, but I have never been any good at “prioritizing” my time. I wrote about in:


      I think it is more like how time and money are similar. It is very hard to concentrate on the task at hand if you don’t have enough money and similarly if you don’t have enough time.

      There is a wonderful short video of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet talking about time:

      If your desire to buy things exceeds your ability to pay for them then you don’t think money is scarce. But if you control your desires and have enough left over to save, it doesn’t really matter if you have infinite money left over or only a few thousand dollars because you don’t have desire to do anything with that extra money.

      One trick someone gave me more than a decade ago is to not keep a “to-do” list because it is depressing. It feels like it never goes away.

      Instead, keep a “done-list” which only ever grows.

      Daniel Pink presented this recently:



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