I am being sucked into a time vortex

Are there really enough hours in the day to accomplish everything? Why does it feel like the more time I have, the more is wasted? Should I feel guilty for letting moments slip through my fingers as I procrastinate completing unappealing chores (ahem, laundry), or unpacking boxes from the house I moved into 8 months ago?

time stands still when talking with friends

What lives in the time vortex?

I can spend hours talking to friends over an iced green tea at Starbucks. For example, I met my dear friend Karen today. Three hours later, I glanced at my watch and realized I should probably get moving. The truth is that when engaged in conversation, I can yap forever. Never running out of things to chat about, I find it nearly impossible to pull away.

Everything around me slows while the clock dashes on. How does that happen anyway? Suddenly, I am late for the next task, appointment, etc.

Funny how the opposite occurs when anticipating an event. Seconds decelerate as I sense the world spinning backwards. Call me Ms. Impatient as I tap my toes waiting for the expected moment to arrive.

Which direction does the vortex spin?

I do realize that time doesn’t actually charge out of control or slow to a crawl depending on what I am doing. Somewhere deep into the subconscious mind, sits the answer as to which direction the vortex spins.

Like a movie watched on a DVR or Blu Ray, I tend to fast forward when somehow bored or uncomfortable. I deliberately linger or repeat watching over and over when joyful. Is this typical for others too?

Maybe it is simply the way of the world. It is certainly possible that I am reading too much into it (wouldn’t be the first time). Overall, if I keep busy hours take flight. However I keep a stable pace when taking my time. Is there a happy medium?

The ultimate goal is to achieve balance. What keeps you from being sucked into a time vortex? Share your stories and ideas. Is there an on/off switch, or do you simply ignore it?

4 thoughts on “I am being sucked into a time vortex

  1. Pamela Morse says:

    Time is neutral. You can take advantage of spending it, or it takes advantage of spending you. One or the other has to happen.


    1. miriamgomberg says:

      I agree that time is neutral. I am only responsible for how I act or react towards the passing of it. I still haven’t figured out how to take advantage of time rather than the opposite happening. Practice, practice, etc…


  2. eof737 says:

    I can relate tot that vortex you mention… We run around doing things and the time just ticks away. Sometimes, we just have to shut it all off and let it be. 😉


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