It's About TimeI have 36 minutes to kill before the "debate" between The Moosehunter and the Bloviator begins. That's 36 minutes of precious time, that could be spent wisely or wasted. Thinking about that makes me think of "time," in general. What is time, anyway? If we didn't use it, would we still have it later? If we waste it, will there be less of it for someone else? If we use it wisely, will be less old when our time is up? How do we "spend" our limited stockpile of time? I can't speak for rest of you, but here are some broad categories of my own time usage:
1. Things I do to survive, some being pleasant (eating) and some not (cooking).
2. Things I do just for fun (playing).
3. Things I do that aren't fun in the doing (working), but have fun results (getting paid).
4. Things I do that are fun in the doing and have fun results (gardening). (Fooled you, huh?)
5. Things I do that are fun, but are bad for me (eating too much chocolate).
6. Things I do that are not fun, but are good for me (sit-ups).
7. Thinking about things that I would do if I had more money.
8. Thinking about things that I would do if I had more time.
9. Thinking about things that I would do if I were older.
10. Thinking about things that I would do if I were younger.
11. Thinking about things I should have done, but now it's too late.
12. Thinking about things I shouldn't have done, but now it's too late.
13. Dreaming up implausible ideas to make unpleasant times go faster and pleasant times go slower.
Hmmm...I still have 15 minutes before the debacle, so I'll work on number 13. Maybe I could invent some kind of "anesthetic" that I could take before performing an unpleasant task. Something that would not impair performance, but would make the chore totally painless and, when finished, be forever banished from my conscious memory. For example, I used to think that I wanted to write a book. But after discovering that writing a book is very hard work and would take a very long time, I realized that what I really want is to have written a book! Then I could just rest on my laurels, rake in the royalties, and retire at my prime. All I have to do is discover some way of putting myself into a state of suspended animation, operating on automatic pilot while the book writes itself. When I wake up, the nanuscript will be all ready to send to the publisher (who has, in the meantime, given me a hefty advance in anticipation of the brilliant tome).
But before I figure out how to induce this "working-trance" state, I think I should devote some time to part 2 of number 13. How to make pleasant times go slower. That will require some consultation with hubby...
Oops! It's time!