How Time Flies
By James D. Lipcamon
“The only reason for time is so that
everything doesn’t happen at once.”
Beep, beep, beep. There goes the alarm—
time to get up and start another day. Off
to the gym for a workout, rush home, and
get ready for work. I think I am ready for
the day, bring it on: arrive at work, hu-
man resource issue, CT is down, and off
to the OR to talk with an irate physician.
Time is a great teacher—through it, we get experience
and hopefully pass that knowledge on as mentors
and coaches to our employees.
It’s the clock that tells us when to go to
bed, get up, go to work, go home, eat, and
eventually when to hang up our management boxing gloves and retire. We can
save time or lose time. We can spend
time or waste time. Time can stand still,
slip away from us, or fly past us. Time is a
priceless commodity and once you’ve lost
it you can never get it back.
Yes, time is a very elusive item in our
lives, but have you ever thought about how
powerful time is? Time is excellent at healing, be it our physical or mental wounds (as
the saying goes, “time heals all wounds”).
Time is a great teacher—through it, we
get experience and hopefully pass that
knowledge on as mentors and coaches to
our employees. It is time that determines
when hummingbirds, Canadian geese, and
monarch butterflys fly north and south. It
is time that determines when leaves sprout
and when they fall.
So why does it seem that time flies?
Charles E. Joubert, a psychologist at the
University of North Alabama, notes that
the more time is structured with sched-
ules and appointments, the more rapidly
it seems to pass. 1 For example, a day at
the office goes much faster than a day
at the beach. Since we spend fewer days
at the beach and more at the imaging
center or hospital as we age, an increase
in structured time could well be to blame
for why time seems to speed up as we