In my last post, we considered the possibility that frustration is not a symptom of writer’s block and that, as Johan Lehrer claims in Imagine, frustration is a necessary part of the creative process.
So if you’re frustrated with time like I am or with something else and are willing to consider that this turmoil might be a step in the right direction, what do we do now?
As Dory in Finding Nemo tells us, we have to just keep swimming, that is, keep looking. In other words, you do your research.
You research until you can’t hold any more information, until you start forgetting what you know. Dory may have had an advantage in this – she was a natural at forgetting.
Part of finding a new insight is letting go of how you currently see the problem, forgetting everything you think you know about the problem.
Fortunately, I recorded the “Does Time Exist” episode of the Science Channel show Through the Wormhole (watch the entire episode) and that certainly helped me forget what I thought I knew.
This discussion of the physics of time left me even more confused about time. Which, Jonah Lehrer assures me (and as I assure so many students), is a good thing.
Out With the Old
All the confusion and frustration has convinced me to abandon my old paradigm about time. I stop myself as soon as I realize I’m telling myself the old ideas that don’t help: “I don’t have enough time, there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it, time flies, where does the time go, it’s the end of the day and I’ve got nothing to show for it, I should be able to manage my time better, I need better time management tools….”
I don’t have a new paradigm yet. I still don’t know what time is or how to talk and think about it. I’m still waiting for my breakthrough, my “a-ha” insight about time.
But refusing to entertain my old assumptions about time helps. For the past couple of days I haven’t felt rushed, overwhelmed and desperate for time. I feel a lot less stressed and a lot less frustrated. Maybe that’s my breakthrough.
What Do YOU Think?
What’s your paradigm about time?
What metaphors do you use for time? What sayings about time (like “time flies when you’re having fun”) are engrained in your mind?
How do you feel about time? Do you feel like you have enough time for writing and other things you enjoy?
Please comment – I really want to know what time is for you.