This week we were given an extra hour. What a gift!
Of course, this is a gift that was taken from us back in the spring.
An extra hour! What will you do with it?
An extra hour of sleep? Time to watch an episode of your favorite show? More play time with your 2 year old daughter? Returning those deliquent emails? Writing a blog post that you've been putting off?
A few minutes split up between a bunch of activities that you've been neglecting?
Are you saving that hour for later? Maybe if you save 10 of these over the next 10 years you can give yourself a whole day at the spa or in the woods or in meditation. Can you be patient enough to wait 10 years to spend those 10 hours?
Did you over spend that hour a bunch of times yesterday? Well I have an extra hour so I can say yes to a lot more things or just a few more things. I have time to take it easy. I have time to start one new thing. I have time to read. I have time to sleep, to nap, to rest, to do nothing. Are you more rested with that extra hour? Or more tired?
If you can't figure out what to do with it, be patient. In the spring it will be taken from you.
If you want to meet someone who has been thinking a lot about time, join me in seeing Alan Lightman at Ithaca College on Friday evening. Lightman wrote "Einstein's Dreams" (1993) and I first read it as a freshman at Northeastern in 1994. It was the beginning of my shift from computer scientist to reader. Can you join me Friday evening at Ithaca College? Do you have an hour to spare?