A Watched Pot…

Time is a funny thing.

Days off fly by, but the clock seems to slow down the moment you punch in at work.  If you’re hungry, that pot of soup takes forever…but forget about it for what seems like just a second, and you’ve burned the veggies at the bottom.  Basically, pleasant events go by quickly while less enjoyable occasions creep along at a snail’s pace.

Somebody coined the phrase, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”  The idea is that we don’t notice the passage of time when we are doing what we want to do, but are all too conscious of the clock at work or in the dentist’s chair.

I don’t think so.  I believe that the real reason for this phenomenon is that each of us has an emotionally controlled black-hole that warps the space-time continuum and causes pleasure to last a shorter time than average, but causes the time spent weeding to go on forever.

Of course, this ecbh (emotionally controlled black hole) does sometimes go awry…For example:  I mentioned the dentist – and yes, the time spent enduring his sadistical tools lasts forever, but what I’m thinking of now is the time leading up to that appointment.  Waiting for such an unpleasant event is, in itself, unpleasant, yet the time before the inevitable moves on much too quickly.

What we need to do, therefore, is to trick ourselves into believing that what is unpleasant is actually enjoyable (and vice-versa).  Then the time will go quickly while being mauled by an angry mother bear, but will go by     e v e r   s o   s l o w l y     when you’re on your favourite ride at the amusement park.

Of course, if you successfully trick yourself, you won’t enjoy that ride either – so maybe we should leave our ecbh alone after all…


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