2012-03-08 / Editorial

Just daydreaming about time to dawdle

I Was Thinking… By Cheryl Holladay

“Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future...” Steve


Upon hearing that Davy Jones of The Monkees, lead singer on “Daydream Believer,” had died last week, I recalled the days when my childhood friend, Amy, and I would sit around listening to their records. We lingered over the album covers and daydreamed about which Monkee we liked best.

Fast forward a few years and we spent our time keeping busy with the demands of high school and looking ahead to the future.

The concept of not having enough time is a common theme in music. Back in the mid- 1960’s Simon and Garfunkel sang the praises of slowing down...“you move too fast” in “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).” In the next decade, Jim Croce sang about capturing “Time in a Bottle.”

As the time change approaches this weekend, think about how you spend your time. Are you always rushed, flitting from one task to the next?

In his 2004 book, “In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed,” Carl Honoré explores different ways in which we can slow down.

“In these busy, bustling times, everything is a race against the clock,” he wrote. “When we rush, we skim the surface, and fail to make real connections with the world or other people.”

The paradox of speeding things up is that now we are prompted to do an increasing amount of tasks.

The other day I was walking to my car in the parking lot at Walmart while talking on my cell phone. I’m notorious for not remembering where I parked, but imagine my surprise when I approached the car, unlocked the door with my key fob, opened the door to put some grocery bags on the passenger’s seat only to discover it was not my car. Same color, make and model, but still, I was multi-tasking unsuccessfully.

Just think about the mistakes young drivers make when they are actually driving and talking on the phone or, worse yet, texting (in Michigan that is prohibited for everyone and legislators are considering banning cell phone use for young drivers).

In reference to multi-tasking, Honoré says that “in this media-drenched, data-rich, channelsurfing, computer-gaming age, we have lost the art of doing nothing, of shutting out the background noise and distractions, of slowing down and simply being alone with our thoughts.”

Honoré wrote his book before everyone jumped on the Facebook and Twitter bandwagon and his words seem prophetic.

“If we carry on at this rate, the cult of speed can only get worse,” he says.

According to Wikepedia, “As of February 2012, Facebook has more than 845 million active users.”

Honoré understands the need for speed, but suggests ways in which we might find “a balance between fast and slow.” Speed is great when it comes to air travel, pain relief and Internet connections, but maybe in between the busy-ness of life we can learn to set aside a little time to daydream.

By the way, don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday. Now, how to make up for that one hour of sleep lost...?

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