Anne Jackson wrote a post about how a book called, “In Praise of Slowness” begins Chapter One with this question:
“What’s the very first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?”
The answer: We look at the clock.
For me, it just so happens that my clock is also my alarm is also my phone is also my email checker is also my Twitter checker is also my blog checker and my Google Reader and…
Before I even get out of bed, I’m caught up on what’s happened in my little world in the last six to eight hours.
MY little world.
One could argue I am simply checking in on connections and relationships.
But honestly, I’m just trying to find my first fix of affirmation for the day.
(FIRST fix. AHEM. More on that in a moment.)
In some philosophies, we learn from Honoré that time is considered cyclical. It’s renewing. Coming…going…it’s about seasons. Before there were things like clocks or time was measured as intricately as it is today, people ate when they were hungry and slept when they were tired.
In most of our developed countries, time is considered linear. There is a Point A (now) and a Point B (end) and we want to accomplish as much as possible between the two. We take chunks of activities (eating, sleeping, TV, work, community, reading, shopping, consuming, etc.) and try and fit as many chunks as we can into these pre-determined amount of time.
So we feel rushed. We feel there’s never enough time to do everything. Can you relate?