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Spending Time at Red Lights

Spending Time at Red Lights

Our lives are ticking away. Each second is a moment of infinite potential which is disappearing. And how are we using these moments? We are sitting around, waiting at red lights.

 

We are constantly in line, waiting on our turn to walk, to eat, to play. We sit around wasting time, watching the clock tick down the final thirty second, or two minutes, or ten minutes until we can get up and go to the next thing.

 

Even in the going we are wasting our time, getting there. We don’t achieve anything more than location, and unless that is the actual goal we are not in the process of achieving anything. In visiting family we don’t set out to sit on a train for three hours, we just do. It is only in arriving that we actually accomplish the act of spending time with them.

 

And yet, patience is a virtue. And so we ignore those times. We distract ourselves with media, or daydreams. We hide in a mental world, unable to bear the boring tread of reality.

 

But still, it is time lost.

 

How do we compensate?

 

We maximize our efficiency. We get more done, faster. Work from home, video conference, email, and an interconnected world has increased our efficiency. We do more than ever.

 

And yet, there are still, as there inevitably always may be, those moments of emptiness.

 

In those moments, we are given a break from the day. We are allowed to explore the fantastic or the theoretical, we experience memories, we are gripped by joy and sorrow in those moments.

 

Sitting at a red light, for just a few second, we are almost free.  

We have to be vigilant, the light turn quickly, and we are not alone, so we must be dignified, but still, we are without responsibility, for just a few second. And in that time, we have the power to do anything.

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