Is Time Out of Control?
- Did you find yourself checking your wrist even when you didn’t want or need to know what time it was?
- Even without your watch, did you have any trouble keeping track of time?
A minute has become an eternity. Now we measure time in nanoseconds, one billionth of a second. Super computers perform operations measured in “teraflops” or trillions of calculations per second.
If you answered “yes” to the first question and “no” to the second, you’re again in the majority. Most of us have become accustomed to
tracking time in ever smaller increments as we drive ourselves from task to task, deadline to deadline, appointment to appointment. We
even schedule the fun stuff. This constant checking has become habitual, so we don’t even realize how time-driven we’ve become.
Pause for just a moment to consider this: at one time there were no clocks and no watches. When the first public clock was erected in a village in England, folks flocked to the town square to view the wonder. And it only had one hand! You could tell time only to the nearest hour.
Can we even imagine life without the timekeepers? Probably
not. We’re not just aware of time, we’re driven by time, besotted
with time, engulfed in time.
Riding the Adrenaline High
A lot of us seem to think so. We claim the trait on our resumes (along with “highly motivated self-starter”), and we brag about our ability to perform under the tightest of deadlines.
Some of us pick up this habit in college, waiting to write that term paper until the day before it’s due, pulling an all-nighter, and going to class bleary eyed, bedraggled, but smugly self-satisfied that another challenge has been successfully met. Knowing how clever we are, we carry over the habit to other areas of our lives and press forward confident and hopeful that others will recognize our talents as well.
We Americans take shorter and fewer vacations, and we take our work with us, with our beepers and cell phones, faxes and email. Our home computers are extensions of the office, but being able to work at home means that we’re always at work.
Simple Symptoms and Scary Consequences of Hurry Sicknes
How about you? Have you got a case of hurry sickness? Symptoms include :
- appetite swings
- compulsive behavior (repetitive actions that are difficult or even impossible to stop)
- unwillingness and even inability to stop working
- inability to relax even when you do stop working
But keep driving in that fast lane until it becomes a way of life and you run the risk of:
- heart disease
- digestive problems
The stress of rushing through life suppresses the immune system, hampering the natural formation of T-lymphocytes (white blood cells) and leading to increased susceptibility to infection and cancer.
Life in the fast lane can make you sick. It can even kill you.