Bob Mohr advocates for people to take a step back, meditate or pray for an hour during the one-hour change with daylight saving time.
“It’s just a wonderful opportunity to pause in your life,” Mohr said. “Time change doesn’t have to be a burden or a chore.”
“That’s how I view time change,” he continued.
Mohr is an horologist and the owner of Timekeeper Watch and Clock Repair in Manhattan, where he repairs and works with ornate clocks and watches. He has worked with clocks since the late 1970s.
Mohr, a California native, attended school to learn about clock and watch repairs at the Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program in Switzerland.
Stopping the device for an hour and then restarting it after that hour is better for the mechanisms in a clock or watch than turning it backward, he said.
“It’s easier to stop the time piece, whether it’s the watch or the clock,” he said.
The one-hour pause Mohr suggests also helps people slow down. He believes people are over-scheduled throughout their daily lives.
“To actually pause and have some quiet in your life without all the distractions that we allow, this is just another way of causing yourself to pause yourself and be present more in your life,” Mohr said.
Daylight saving time ended at 2 a.m. Sunday, and although Mohr doesn’t have a strong opinion on the practice, some Americans are tired of moving their clocks back and forth every March and November.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Hawaii and many parts of Arizona do not observe daylight saving time. The department cites saving energy and a reduction of crime as reasons for observing daylight saving time.
Daylight saving time became law in the United States under the Uniform Time Act in 1966.
On the other hand, the time change has been linked to health concerns for Americans.
“Frankly, it costs our businesses billions annually in unproductiveness, as well as creates increased health risks,” Kansas Rep. Kristey Williams said in an email to The Mercury. “So, we do need to change an antiquated practice.”
Because of this, Williams (R-Augusta) introduced a bill during the 2019 legislative session to end daylight saving time in the Sunflower State.
House Bill 2008 did not make it out of the Federal and State Affairs committee, but Williams said the bill solicited a lot of feedback, both for and against the measure.
“The biggest challenges remain the federal government,” Williams said. “They disallow adoption (of daylight saving time) — thus my bill adopted standard time — and continuity from our neighboring states. The biggest catch was really the Kansas City area as commuters, businesses and the public move from one side of the city to the other.”
She plans to introduce a similar bill during the upcoming legislative session.
“This year, in response to the overwhelming support of not changing back (and) forth the clock, I’ve introduced ... a similar bill that would automatically move Kansas to daylight saving time in the event Congress acts,” Williams said. “At one time, before Washington erupted with more compelling issues, President Trump brought up this issue and the need to change.”