The light is just dawning. Already web pages have been updated, code has been rewritten, Mist has been given fresh water and food, and my coffee cup is empty.
Morning is definitely my time of day. Fully awake from the outset, new ideas and realizations compose the first thoughts of the day. The joy of exploration and follow up on these tantalizing bits of revelation is the meat of the morning.
This level of enthusiasm continues at full speed until suddenly, the brain will seize entirely and refuse to go on. This usually occurs sometime after lunch. Then it is time for kitchen duty, cleaning, puttering, or whatever needs doing in the real world.
Following one's own physical and mental rhythm allows productivity to reach an optimal level. Unfortunately, in the paid workplace, this rhythm is often stuffed into a schedule that contorts and mutilates the course of getting things done. It is small wonder that employees feel chained to their jobs, and uninspired to accomplish beyond the prescribed.
I will describe the next three paragraphs as the kind of thing my meandering mind does with its spare time. Usually these sorts of thoughts pass through my mind like running water in a rainy season. If I happen to be sitting at the keyboard as they flow by, they have a way of finding themselves at the mercy of my fingertips.
This employment dilemma is becoming less of a problem in Canada as non-employment is increasingly evident. Unemployment statistics tell us who has recently lost employment; after one year they are no longer considered unemployed, they no longer show up in the common statistical analysis of "unemployment". These people, who lost their jobs 13 months ago and remain without employment, are now what I call "non-employed". If there are any popular culture (newspaper, magazine, television, radio) discussions about this issue, I would be very interested in reading them. Academic tomes on such matters, hidden in the depths of academe, are unlikely to reach a wide audience.
I digress. In my more cynical moments, I almost believe that the enforced plodding through a work day is a well-proven method of numbing thought and action. Thought and action that might lead to disparate views, and non-traditional actions. Perhaps it is a subtle form of controlling the employed population?
No, the powers-that-be are interested in profit and progress, competition and capital, knowledge and development, not controlling the human spirit. Everyone knows that.
Time to get up and walk out to the kitchen now. The timer just sounded, and it is time to take the bread out of the oven. There are times for observation, but they must be balanced with times for action. Food preparation is always a welcome focus.
|RECIPES :: Cast
Waiting for a pause in the day's occupation.
"The dragon stopped short in his boasting, 'Your information is antiquated,' he snapped. 'I am armoured above and below with iron scales and hard gems. No blade can pierce me.'"
by J.R.R. Tolkien
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