where time and destiny meet

So.

 

 

 

I love words and I learned a new one today.

 

Kairos.

 

It was in a quirky little book called “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” (which I wouldn’t recommend to anyone as it is a tough odd read).

 

unique is every momentKairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment or ‘the supreme moment’.

 

The Greeks believed the concept of Kairos is achieved when an opportune moment is actually grasped … balanced by the belief that otherwise the moment is gone and cannot be re-captured.

 

 

According to ancient Greeks, Kairos was the god of the “fleeting moment.”

 

 

Interestingly the ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos.

 

While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative nature.

 

 

Anyway.

 

Kairos is the ability to adapt to and take advantage of changing circumstances.

 

 

 

It is used with people “who manage well the circumstances which they encounter day by day, and who possess a judgment which is accurate in meeting occasions as they arise and rarely misses the expedient course of action”.

 

<apparently Napoleon is considered a poster child for Kairos>

 

 

I have written a variety of things about great leaders and leadership.

 

If I had known this word I would have used it.

 

As things shift around leaders there appears that undetermined amount of time in-between what is and what will be in which something truly special can occur.

 

 

It is those who recognize the moment and act upon it … before it disappears … that achieve Kairos.

 

I have also said this before.

 

I do not believe this can be taught.

 

As the Greeks suggest … it is qualitative in its nature.

 

You either have this ability or you don’t. Or as Mr. Magorium suggests … “37 seconds well used is a lifetime.”

 

Some people know this … and see this … and can actually act upon this. But not everyone can.

one of those moments

 

 

 

Kairos.

Awesome word.

 

Awesome concept.

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