This is Your Reminder to Change Your Clocks on Sunday! - Spring Forward
With the time change approaching this weekend I've decided that TIME in general would be a good topic for my Focus Friday posting. Actually, I've been wanting to write an article about the constraints of time we live in and how it can effect us. We all live our lives by clocks and calendars, right? Yet, I have always felt that time is actually an elastic measure. Scientifically, time has been proven as flexible or inconsistent... remember learning about Einstein's Theory of Relativity in science class?.
Deadlines and Procrastination
I don't know if I really want to admit this, but what the heck. I'll lay it out for you. I'm a procrastinator. It doesn't matter if I'm dreading getting something done, or anticipating an event. I tend to wait until the last minute to do whatever it is that needs my attention.
For example: I make my bed a few minutes before I climb in for the night. Crazy huh? I like crawling into a freshly made bed, but when I get up in the morning I'd rather shut the bedroom door than take the time to make the bed. My morning awaits and I want to get right to it. Same with cleaning up the kitchen. I generally clean the kitchen before I prepare a meal, not after eating a meal. So, if you were to pop over to visit me at my home unexpectedly there is a 95% chance that you'll find dirty dishes stacked up on the countertop. However, I cannot cook in a messy kitchen, so before I prepare a meal I will clean and put everything away from the previous meal. I guess when it comes to housecleaning I do things backwards.
When my husband and I are going away on a trip, his bag is packed the night before. Whereas, I throw my things in a bag an hour or so before we head out the door for the airport. Who forgets things more often? He does! But to be completely forthcoming here, I will have a checklist of things to pack I maintain a few days before the trip.
When I was in school I did my homework before going to bed the evening before the assignment was due. After the school day was over I wanted nothing to do with more book studies. Whereas, my older sister would buckle down to business after returning home from class . She would begin working on her homework right away. A fact: She got better grades than me.
And when it comes to my work as a freelancer.... yes, I procrastinate. I meet my deadlines, often just in the nick of time. I like to think I work best when I'm under pressure. Some of my best works were written in a brief period of clock time. I managed to write my Reiki book in 3 months time. That really amazed me. Expansion and shrinkage of time happens. I believe this. I love it when the expansion of time allows extra space for my creativity to blossom.
Something odd happened to me several years ago when I was working an 8-5 office job. I had overslept one morning. In a panic, I called my boss to explain and inform him that I would be late for work. He said "Fine, no worries." My panic subsided after hanging up the phone. I hopped into the shower, got dressed, grabbed an apple out of the fridge, and drove myself to work. When I walked into the office that morning, my boss looked up and asked me what happened. His question confused me, but I responded with a second apology explaining that I had overslept. Then he told me to look at the clock. I had actually arrived at my workplace five minutes early. This is a good example of time clicking away at its own speed... never mind what we think.
Past - Present - Future
It is easy to get caught up in the then, now, and later concepts. We tend to look back at our missteps, as well as our accolades, as if they define us. We project what the future will bring... either longing for something better or dreading consequences of aging. The only truths we can count on is having been born and one day dying. Everything in between is the prize. We get to experience being human and living on earth. What we do with our lifetime is up to us. My suggestion is to live in the now!
Could Someone Help Me Solve a Mystery About Time?
This is really a question for television trivia junkies. In the 60s (maybe early 70s) a sitcom aired that I believe was titled All About Time... although it is likely the title of the show has escaped me. The premise of the show was about a man who had become frozen in time. His body froze during an ice storm or snow avalanche. Fast forward 60 years or so and when weather warms (global warming?) the ice/snow melts. Miraculously, when the elements thaw, so does the man. He's alive! Kept on ice for years, he looks exactly the same as he did the night of that initial freeze... he was preserved in time. The opening scene of the show has him walking back into civilization, a bit dazed at all the changes that have occurred over the years while he was in cold storage. He meets up with his young son, who is now all grown up and is an old man. The son now appears older that his father. Each episode has the younger man calling the older man SON, and the older man calling the younger fellow POPS. Anyway, you would think in this Internet age, I could find something archived online about this show.... but so far, no luck. Does anyone else remember this show?
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