Sure enough these days we run from one place to another with little breathing room in between. Everything is timed.
Let’s take my mornings, for example.
I wake up. I zombie on over to the kitchen and get the coffee going. I check the time. I prepare the milk for my coffee. I’m Puerto Rican so I drink coffee with heated milk. I time the heating to the second. I drink one full cup while I watch the latest breaking news. Mind you, everything is breaking news these days. I change into my exercise clothes and head down to the gym. I do my lunges, leg presses and 30 minutes on the elliptical. I finish, head back up and prepare my second cup of coffee. This is all clockwork. Ritualized.
In a way, we have at large, become one large Pavlovian dog. Have you heard of operant conditioning? How about intermittent reinforcement? Its not just for chickens. Well, we live these psychological theories every day. We learned lots from Pavlov and Skinner in terms of learning. But we learned not how to remain unsusceptible. But no more psychology talk from me. Back to me.
I have my daily morning, work and evening rituals. They run like clockwork. I believe most of us have these similar rituals. So much so that we ended up leaving our keys in the refrigerator. Or better yet, we often end up looking everywhere for our sunglasses that are just sitting on the top of our heads. You know that you have done it. And not just once, either.
Now, I don’t want to talk about how my sunglasses serve as a headband at times. Or that there are days that if I take off my sunglasses from my head, my hair freaks out. Indeed, sunglasses can be a hit or miss fashion statement at times.
My sunglasses serve to remind me I’m doing too much at times. Or that I’m moving too fast and need to slow down. My sunglasses have a story to tell. Its a story of hard work, resilience, temper tantrums in a fast-paced world that isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. It doesn’t matter that there are many who argue for work-life balance.
Both interestingly and irritatingly, at times, those arguing for work-life balance often impose their need over those of others. Often making others not have a work-life balance. It’s such a cruel, cruel world that way. Oh my. How did I get here?
Where are my sunglasses? Oh yes. They are right where I left them so that I could find them. I think I need to but 20 more do that I can always find, at least, one pair.