23rd October 2007 at 02:06:59 am

It’s interesting the difference an amount of time so small as 24 hours can make on our perspective and our moods.

One minute, I can be depressed as all get-out, but give me 24 hours, and I can be light as a feather, ready for another round. Sometimes, it doesn’t even take 24. Sometimes, it only takes an instant.

Funny, this effect time has on us. Anyone who’s met up with an “old friend” can attest to it. They’re the same, but completely different. New look, new attitude. Some have given their lives an entirely new depth or direction, while others are just happy they’ve kept the train down while they went around the curves, oblivious to the way it sculpts them, changes them. I am guilty of this very thing far more often than I’d like to admit. I love to take life in small bites. The smaller, the better. One day at a time, just chugging along. Hopefully, today I keep pointed in a decent direction, but if I start trying to look too far ahead, a switchback catches me by surprise and suddenly I’m blown off course. If I keep my focus here and now, I see the switchback, and plan the second after it accordingly. It works well, for the most part.

It’s when other people get involved that things get messy. Here at Dixie State, they’re trying to push us to become the University of Utah, St. George. I don’t want that. This is not the U of U, and that’s part of what’s so appealing. Universities have higher requirements on both Teachers and Students, and quite frankly, I’m not interested in the present moment. Maybe, 50 ft along my track I’ll see something to change my mind, but I try not to go there, and I focus on here. It’s in the here and now that I live. Not that whimsical future, but right here. Right now. And that’s life.

Author Bio: Tianon Gravi

Tianon is a programmer for a respectable software company.

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4 comments :D

  • 1) PixelFish commented 24th October 2007 at 08:37:56 pm:

    It’s always easier if you remember that life comes in bite-sized chunks. Only problem is…it’s easy to let too many of them slide by. You keep thinking…well, it’s just this week. It’s just this month. It’s just this year.

  • 2) Tianon commented 25th October 2007 at 12:56:29 am:

    Yeah, get to the bottom of the box and realize all the bites are gone and all you’ve got left are crumbs and this cardboard. :(

  • 3) PixelFish commented 27th October 2007 at 08:22:49 pm:

    Feeling any better?

  • 4) Tianon commented 27th October 2007 at 08:41:23 pm:

    Yeah, I’m doing alright. But I’m not the one who’s “grouchy grouchy”. :)