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In Praise of Clocks

[I was bored at work and the ticking of a clock behind my head started to give me a migraine, so I thought I should thank it for all it's done for me in my life and yours.]

What sweeter sound is there in this world than dry, rasping knock of an analog clock? The seconds, minutes, and hours pittering by, all in the friendly reminder to us that there is no slowing in our countdown. At a glance, we can discern just how much of our day we have missed, wasted, or enjoyed. And how could we truly enjoy a day without a way to quantify just how quickly it has gone by?


And with the slow ticking of each clock, so does our heart go on, beating off the seconds of our life until time runs out. If not for the round faced time-keepers -- whose turning hands hold more power than the moon over the seas -- how would we ever really live?

If not for clocks of all variation, how would we know when night has come or when morning has awakened? How would we know when we must close our eyes for rest? We would surely all be tired every day should we lose the constant reminder that our lives are ticking onward. And what of eating, one of humanity's favorite pastimes? Our punctuality would fall to the wayside! Office workers would never know when to stop work for a bite, and what's worse, they would never know when to go back to working. The constant reminder hanging on our wall, latched to our wrists, ingrained in our heads that time - the most sacred of all naturally made human constructs - is still moving.

Without the aid of clocks, it is surely true that slowly, inch by inch, the world would stop turning. People would forget their need to be busy and would begin taking time for themselves. What a tragedy this would be! Nothing has ever gotten done with free time.

So I entreat you here, to take the time to look at your clock with more loving eyes. Remember how, without its knocking on the door of time, we would all be lost, left to nature's own devices. Clocks are our greatest weapons against the tragedy of thought, the calamity of existentialism, the depression of life. Without them, where would we be?

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I have found that my days at work are far more tolerable when I lose myself in what I'm doing. Fortunately the only clock is the one on the computer that I'm often not looking at. Gives me less reason to look at my phone as a reminder of how long I have left.

And as such, every day seems to pass by as it should.

"My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." - Cary Grant
 
"Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. an alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out." - Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper
 
time is one of the precious things we cannot own or take for granted and yet so many wish hours away just to reach a point were they feel free to do what they want..if we were to add up all the hours we feel we wasted doing what we have to and not what we want to it would add up to a big percentage of ones life..we all can't be rockstars or sportspeople with energetic,exotic lives and i'm sure they have their trials and tribulations in life as we mere mortals do and that is it..mortal..our time is short and it could end today..so how do you enjoy the time you have in such situations..well i think we can't it's all part of the human experience and the time we live in but i'm sure if you were a hunter gatherer all them years ago you would have better things to think about and do rather than contemplate about time lost....
 

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