Thursday, September 4, 2008

Relax, Don't Do It

The next time your mind starts wandering at work, and then you have that awful moment of panic where your brain snaps back to where it's "supposed" to be and you feel a whirlwind of guilt as you shuffle around your desk trying to get back to 'worker-bee # 5, 876' mode, take it easy. Maybe you were doing more work when you were daydreaming.

"In a culture obsessed with efficiency, daydreaming is derided as a lazy habit or a lack of discipline, the kind of thinking we rely on when we don't really want to think. It's a sign of procrastination, not productivity, something to be put away with your flip-flops and hammock as summer draws to a close."

Ok, that's true (which sux). But geez, there's no need to be a dick about it.

"...the content of daydreams often resembles a soap opera, with people reflecting on social interactions both real and make-believe. We can leave behind the world as it is and start imagining the world as it might be, if only we hadn't lost our temper, or had superpowers, or were sipping a daiquiri on a Caribbean beach. It is this ability to tune out the present moment and contemplate the make-believe that separates the human mind from every other."

Aahh, now I see where you were going with that! Cool, that sounds about right.


Especially word to sipping a daiquiri on a Caribbean beach.

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