Ahead

Time is not managed where I am. It’s more that that. Time is the price for not getting things done. That’s when time is a headache. Conversely, time is the vehicle for getting things done, but it is going to run out and I am going to get older. But if one still thinks one has time on their side, time is about looking ahead optimistically.

Former things

There is such a column called where were you? What it means is where were you at such and such a time, usually a significant time like events of some magnitude. The author, usually someone well-known, relays their memories of being somewhere during a significant event or the person was actually at the event that impacted many. Some may have been at home when this was happening, they seen it on television, and because they are a celebrity and have some invested interest in it may tell others about what they remember of that time and what it meant to them.

Bloggers and ordinary, everyday people should be able to do this sort of column as well. It is something that is instinctively human–to remember where one was. Something triggers it and the memory surfaces. The trigger could be an article. It could be a conversation with a former friend one runs into, a television program about a historical event, an old song. Whatever. I love these kind of articles. They are instinctively interesting and I love writing about my memories of past moments–which seemed to be forgotten, but something triggers it back.

Time is of the essence

To say time is of the essence is a cliché that gets used over and over again, but having thought about it, it is something coming true in my life. In relating time management to what I do with movies, I was considering watching a number of different films, but realized that I only have a certain amount of time on earth, maybe twenty, thirty, forty years or so more, so I reckoned that it’s best to watch those films that won’t waste my time and I can write about with some meaning. I trusted the movies would not be time wasters and that I could cover a century of film (or whatever) by choosing what mattered, without crossing some of my no-go areas. Problem is that some of the films that are worth it, and may be no-go areas, are actually the ones worth seeing for their social worth.

Should

This was written fifteen years ago…

Jack shouldn’t have, but the bored customer service representative was reading about situation ethics at work. Jack felt he shouldn’t have been reading at work. It was night and the shop was quiet, but he still felt he should be doing something productive, even in the quiet times. However, he needed to learn about situation ethics from reading a book. Nervous, he anxiously looked around to see if the cameras were observing him doing something he shouldn’t be. But the cameras just stared back at him blankly.

This is not only the reader’s dilemma, of when one wants to read, but should be working. This may be some writer’s dilemma: when one should write, but doesn’t and feels one should be. What does one do? Give up the day job? Write during the day job? Or just be sensible about the whole thing and take things in their own time and place?

I think be sensible, really, and loyal to whatever is required in a certain situation. That’s best, although Jack felt the finger reaching for the pen and paper, when a customer walked in. He thought: I really got to get a handle on this job. It was night and not many customers were coming through…yet there was something he could be doing on the job.