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Control of Time
Member Name: luigi0778
Control of Time
Date: 29/09/09, updated on 29/09/09 (185 review reads)
Advantages: Enjoy your time more often, seemingly for longer.
Disadvantages: Takes some effort and that isn't in-keeping with todays society.
Yet things are far more convenient than they ever were. I am sure most of us can think of at least a dozen or more time-saving devices which we all have in our homes. Our supermarket shelves are packed with time saving ready meals, we don't even have to trapse around the supermarkets aisles, we can shop from our very living rooms online.
So what is going on. Why do we no longer have the time for anything. In our modern fast paced and hectic lifestyles, time is something which is flying by. Is it Autumn already? No, now really where did Summer go? If it continues at this pace, in a decade or so from now, you will barely have time to read this review, before the day is seemingly already finished.
However. Wait a minute, time hasn't changed at all. The day still consists of 24 hours, each hour is 60 minutes, each minute is 60 seconds. Each minute is actually a LONG time, if it had to be. Just to prove my point. Count with me.
and, someone has now rated this NOT USEFUL probably,
and, most of the few people who read reviews have skipped past this now,
OK you get my point, if you were to continue to 60, to get to the 1 minute, it would seem an eternity.
An hour counted out, second by second, would seem a life-time. Imagine if you had to count a week? Still think the weeks fly past? If you had to count the seconds of every day this past summer, im sure you would not have said it has flown by.
The reality is, our perception of time has changed. The reason it has changed, is that our expectation of time has. Everything now needs to be immediate, immediate satisfaction, and convenience. Websites must download instantly (remember dial-up?), food must take minutes to prepare and eat, or else it is just too long. The washing up, has to be done in a dishwasher, I simply don't have the "time" to do it by hand anymore! How long before we have robots to perform our daily tasks.
Basically. Things which are not convenient, are simply not palatable anymore.
However, all these extra minutes and hours we supposedly gain from convenience, are simply dissapearing because our expectations of time have changed, the way we percieve seconds has changed, they are now no longer tangible and measurable, but whizzing by in our ultimate man-made time warp.
To explain, our day consists of the same physical time (as we measure it) but our perception now means it all appears faster. Things we love, the things we enjoy, they are just whizzing past. Much like time "slows" in an accident, where the brain is forced to evaluate the situation, the perception of time slows, and we get the 'time stood still' effect, our unrelenting fast pace of modern living is having the opposite effect.
So why are we rushing, do we really want to feel like we are living our lives like "Solomon Grundy". Why are we rushing ourselves to the grave.
I am not proposing we shun modern technology, which undoubtedly improves and enriches our lives, and ironically gives us more time. However, unless we take regular breaks to relax properly away from it all, to regain our perception of what is our most priceless commodity, we are gaining nothing.
Which is why I regularly make sure I enjoy time with friends. I cook meals from scratch regularly, you'd be amazed how long eight minutes feels when stirring and waiting for custard to thicken, that really puts time back into perspective.
Even finding time for doing something seemingly pointless like staring at something inane, like a butterfly flying past, or watching children playing (your own, or relations is advised), is far from being a waste of time.
Doing things the long way once in a while, or just relaxing with nothing to do, helps normalise your perception of time, and lets you enjoy your spare time (which we all have, but don't realise it) much more!
Summary: Solomon Grundy would have lived for longer, if he had slowed down!