Monday, March 5, 2012
Time Is On My Side - Or Is It?
Ok, I am sitting here at my desk, once again with my fingers poised on the keyboard and . . . once again . . . at a loss for words (thoughts?). So, I will just move my fingers and see what comes out.
As some of you know, I was in Seattle this past weekend. My husband was at a conference Friday and Saturday, so I had a lot of time to entertain myself. We were near the airport this time and, not wanting to drive downtown or even to the nearby mall (I am not much of a shopper - - I know, I know - - how can that be??! - - I'm a girl! - - but it's true), I stayed at the hotel. And I read. I had downloaded a couple of books to my Kindle. I read "Obsession" and "Impulse," both by Debra Webb, and both FBI/police/serial killer/catch-em thrillers. They were like a Part 2 and 3 (I didn't read part 1) and I liked them both, and the time flew by. But when I was done, and as I sit here this morning, I wondered what better use of my time I could have made. Or what better choices in reading material I could have made. The books, although entertaining, were obviously not very uplifting - - serial killers? torture? They didn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy. And there was an occasional f-word, which I cannot stand. The use of that word makes me cringe and feel just . . . icky. I tried to gloss over it everytime I came upon it, but you know . . . that's hard, if not impossible, to do.
So, I guess my point is - - the books didn't make me feel good, they didn't uplift and inspire me to be a better person, they used language with which I am not comfortable. It was just "entertainment". And really, how entertaining is it to read about human beings being kidnapped and tortured and killed? And so I sit here thinking, WHAT A WASTE OF TIME! I know that some people think that occasionally using time in that way - - purely to entertain - - is okay . And I agree. It's just the source of entertainment that I personally need to be more aware of. I am sure that there was something better I could have done with all that time I had, and I regret that.
Time is precious, and to use it in a way that doesn't make you feel good, or improve life, is a shame.