The ancient Greeks had two different concepts for time: Kronos and Kairos.
Kronos is precise, measured, and quantitative. Think stopwatches, clocks, and calendars. Kronos is the traditional definition we have for time.
On the other hand, Kairos is qualitative. It’s a term originating from archery when the shooter finds the perfect opening to shoot their target. A Kairos moment is thus the right or opportune moment.
Recently, I had a Kairos moment at work. My manager was swamped with work given our company just got acquired and we had an upcoming major product release. It was clear to me that she didn’t have the time to quarterback this it. As I’m still fairly new to the company, I saw this as my Kairos moment to prove myself.
What’s a Kairos moment that you experienced recently?