Time for a bit of navel gazing this time around. Not so much the “what’s wrong with us?” vibe, I – like so many others – seem to have cleared that hurdle for a bit. Will it come round again because most tracks are circular, who can say? Possibly, but let’s enjoy the moment eh? 🙂
Anywho, I was walking to an appointment the other day, enjoying the sights of the city: people watching, fashion spotting and taking in views of buildings (what’s new, what’s changed, what hasn’t). It struck me how much I don’t take in when I take the car. Clearly, your eyes are on the road – or the side mirrors – so there’s obviously little time for window gazing and I think this is a real shame. There’s just a brief pause at traffic lights or roundabouts where you see faded posters, litter or folk walking by.
So the walk around the outskirts of town – as I arrived early (by bus) – was very refreshing. Just the simple act of not being in the office or bolting a sarnie at my desk, seemed to do the power of good. I didn’t have to be anywhere – well, not for a good 40 minutes 🙂 – and that felt very nice indeed. I could, I suppose, checked out the shops, but why bother? There was nothing I needed, not really, and taking that chunk of an hour to do nothing cleared the cobwebs away. Perhaps I should do it more often! 🙂
I guess that goes against the ‘hurry sickness’ that I read about. Clearly it’s not a physical condition, but a state of mind. It’s one that I see in my own life and that of friends and colleagues. The push to get to the next meeting, the seemingly endless information overload of email. As technology makes things quicker, so we seem to speed up to match. I do wonder if they’ll reach a point where we can’t cope with all the data coming in. One thing I do know, if I need to get work done, I have to shutdown my email client and put the telephone on silent. It’s a strange world where you can get more done away from the office, than when you are in it.
Still, a full two days off… and the sun is shining.
[ Today’s lyric: I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones.]