Having recently returned from working in Africa I’ve been thinking about time. A lot.
In my last three posts I wrote about a great Utne Reader article called Our Schedules, Our Selves: Are you more important than your appointment book? by Jay Walljasper, Stephan Rechtschaffen’s article called How to expand time and Lynnika Butler’s article about Living on Tokyo Time.
Another article about time in the same Utne issue is Leda Dederich’s one called the Politics of Spontaneity.
Having an altered sense of time since coming back home the title of her article hit me like the -20 degree weather I recently experienced while skiing. With a sharp intake of breath I read on.
Leda writes about having to “fight the magnetic pull toward overcommitment and speed”.
Right on. My neurons, pleading for a slower pace of life are shaking their biological pompoms.
Writing about her experience coming home after an extended international trip, she continues by saying “I’m-not-going-to-schedule-every-minute-of-my-life experiment feels like an act of personal resistance to a social system that values efficiency and production over the body’s natural rhythms”.
Since when was it political to be spontaneous?
Since we’ve been cutting, calibrating, slicing, dicing, shaving and saving. All in the name of time.
I resisted the urge to schedule another call. We agreed we’d talk. Some time.