Everything is waiting for the time to act. That is not true. In a perfect world, everything would wait for the time to act, and our world is far from that. In our world, we go to the loo when it is convenient, whether or not we need to go. As if! That is the way it would work in our world if it could work that way. In our world, wait to go to the loo long past the time to go to the loo, because it is convenient that way. The way it works in our world, and the way we will it to work are not smoothly synchronized. The way we will it to work gets top billing. And that is why it doesn't work any better than it works. We don't have time to wait around for the time to be right. And here we are. This is what living like that gets us. We talk about "island time" in a disparaging way because it gets in our way when we are on the island. "Island time" was there before there were islands. And long before there were people on the islands. "Island time" knows when it is time for what, without caring what time it is. "Island time" is kairos. The propitious time. The time tomatoes ripen on the vine, and eggs hatch, and babies to be born. Chronos is clock time, calendar time, time to go or be late time, time to be there time. Chronos is "What time is it now?" Kairos is "What is it time for now?" We know all about chronos. Our world runs on chronos. We know practically nothing about kairos. And care even less. And here we are.
Our work is to align ourselves physically with what it is time for spiritually. This is the essence of balance and harmony. We wait for the time to be right for action. Right action at the wrong time is wrong action. The ancient word understood that the visible world rests upon, and is upheld by the invisible world. Life in the visible world is governed by the time for acting which is the province of the invisible world. When the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote "There is a time to be born and a time to die... and a time for every matter under heaven," everyone understood that to be the case, and they knew that to act "out of time" was to invite the wrath of the Other World. Planting time and harvesting time were carefully observed. Only to be trashed forever by the Semites pouring in from the desert to overturn and destroy all that was in their way. This was the Clash of the Ways. The people of the land observed a Way that was not the Way of the invaders from the steppes and desert. Their Way was the Way they said was the Way. And they had the will and the might to force their Way upon the Way of the natural world And the "Fill the earth and subdue it" theme became the operational ground of existence from then to now. But the propitious time bided its time, and things went from bad to worse with time, and here we are, having to find our way back to the recognition of the importance of the time that is at hand while there still remains time to turn the light around, and live in accord with the right time for doing what needs to be done in each situation as it arises-- individually and collectively, before time is up.
Knowing what it is time for, and doing it-- where it needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, in each situation as it arises, is the essence--the sine qua non-- of existence. We are here to do that! And to do it "Without hope, without witness, without reward" (Steven Moffat, "Dr. Who). That is the key to all that follows! And, it is the heart-and-soul of the Tao. Living in full accord with-- aligned with, with filial allegiance and liege loyalty to-- the times that are at hand in each situation as it arises, is the best we all can do exactly what we are capable of doing, and what we have absolutely no regard for at all. And that is the kink in the hose.
We live to harmonize ourselves in relation to ourselves, other people, and the context and circumstances of our life-- to balance the opposites, integrate the contraries, maintain the creative tension between the mutually exclusive contradictions, and walk two paths at the same time. We can do that only by sitting still, being quiet, and paying attention to all that arises in the silence-- looking for what resonates with us in the present moment of our life, and seeing how we might incorporate that in the way we go about living here and now. To do that, we have to empty ourselves of the profit motive and dispense with concerns for our advantage, our benefit, our gain, our way and what's in it for us, and simply open ourselves to what the situation is calling for-- for what needs to be done, when and where and how, and how we might comply with that using the gifts/daemon/shtick/specialties/etc. that belong to our original nature, for the joy of doing it, and the satisfaction of having done it. And on to the next situation, where we repeat this process throughout the time left for living. The complete lack of appeal for this approach to life leaves us where we are, and where we have been, since Adam and Eve left Eden.