Green Springs

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I always wonder if cavemen and women knew what time was? And if so, did it seem to accelerate and decelerate to them, as it appears to us today? The concept of time has only changed recently (a few thousand years ago, since we developed a calendar) and decided to over-civilize our culture. Does time speed up and slow down? I think not (maybe on a millisecond scale if you consider rotations of the earth and electromagnetic cycles and fields). Because of this quandary, let us consider a few concepts: First, consider a metal spring. When you squeeze it, it becomes smaller in length right? Well, not really. It always goes back to its original size (length) when you release it and take the pressure off. Modern calendars are the pressure to the spring in this analogy. The spring is truly always a fixed size but has open space in the middle between both ends that are not compressed without pressure. Like compressing a spring, calendars squeeze out all the space in our days and weeks that would otherwise be free time or freedom.

Now, let me ask you, does time ever accelerate and decelerate? I would argue no again and to answer my question about the Neanderthals; I think they knew what time was and used it to their advantage for hunting and surviving but lived in the present moment leaving no room for busy calendars and over-thinking. They essentially surfed every present moment in time allowing for the survival and shooting the tubes of time balance where calendar compression was not needed obviously, just moment-to-moment survival and some slivers of thriving.

Second, consider the tides. The diameter of the earth changes a few feet in cycles daily in the oceans and always balances out near the shore where land depletes on an even slower scale (land erosion). But overall, the diameter seems to balance out just like a spring does when compressed and released. Thirdly, we have natural constants in our universe like gravity at 9.8 meters/second squared and the earth's revolutions (2*pi*r*) at close to 1000 miles per hour. And earth years at 365 days per year. So, if these are all very constant, then time must remain uniform. But, interestingly, we tend to mess with the perception of time by over-civilizing and over-booking calendars; creating the illusion that time speeds and slows. We are driving ourselves crazy by overbooking, draining our energy, and negatively affecting our modern-day culture.

Sometimes we form opinions of others by how well they work with a calendar and how well they perform, struggling with time management and high-pressure calendars. This is silly (and even dangerous) because those trying to squeeze too many appointments and activities into the natural world tend to be neurotic and wiry. More is not better but harmful if overloaded. They are unknowingly compressing time, extracting all the space in between that can be used for relaxation, and are conditioning their nervous systems to overachieving. What are the side effects of this type of conditioning? Some possibilities are cancer, anxiety, depression, and ruined relationships. Many companies ask prospective employees in an interview, "Can you multi-task? Can you handle multiple projects at once? How do you manage your time? Sounds like calendar time compression conditioning to me intending to extract as much time out of you as possible, translating into more money in their pockets. Logically, we can only handle one or two projects at a time if quality matters. We are human, not machines. 

I once had a Sales Manager whose computer kept breaking down because she saved all her outbound and inbound emails and way too much information on her calendar and hard drive. All she had to do was delete half of her information, but she couldn't do it. She was addicted to information overload. There is too much information smothering us all, whether we believe it or not, we are drowning in data, spreadsheets, and in all sorts of mundane matter. I ran into that same Sales Manager ten years later who sadly had a chronic immune disorder and was suffering tremendously. I can't prove that chewing up all that data was slowly hurting her, but I wasn't surprised to see the horrible effects ten years later. Our naively skeptical perceptions of how people manage their time are like compressing the spring. Even though the spring shortens in length temporarily, it always goes back to its original size. Furthermore, gravity always puts its bodies back in check and balances out the tides on the surface of the earth.

Another example we can all relate to is the anxious drivers attempt to shorten the time by speeding up his or her trip from A to B. Ironically and illogically they believe they can shorten the time by driving fast, weaving in and out of cars dangerously, putting many lives at risk. This is a desperate attempt of illogical time compression that rarely works. It may work on a long highway trip from A to B but usually ends in loads of frustration and anger on daily routine trips. If you watch these people drive, they only end up a car or two ahead in the line up from A to B by choosing to excessively speeding over the limit. Our perceptions of how individuals manage time and efficiency are capricious unlike natural physical laws like the compression in the spring, the rise, and fall of the tides, and the balance of orbits in space. Natural law always overrides those moody, illogical beliefs. The perceptions are just vaporing in an evolving world with beautiful physical changes to be discovered. I am always surprised at how much time we spend messing with data, distorting perceptions of others, and subscribing to the meaningless vapor that absorbs our time and space.

We have conditioned ourselves to become moneymaking machines that don't have the luxury of breaking down or stopping. Whether we accept it or not we have somehow conditioned ourselves to be "Green Springs," spitting out time, which equals money for others. Therefore, those who behave the most like green springs will produce the most money, making them a success in life. This is all true if you choose to subscribe to this mechanistic, green spring behavior. But what is needed to attain that? Extracting as much time as possible from their life and spit out as much time chewing you can to produce this green stuff to be a success. Sounds silly to me that we were brought into this wonderful world to try and extract as much time and green matter out of people as possible.

It must be an insult to our creator to do this to one another when we were given space and time as a gift of freedom to exist using this space for our creative minds. Our DNA strands have space in between our amino acids. Cookie dough has space in between cookie cutters when making Christmas cookies. Roads should have space in between cars while driving to allow for safe and comfortable driving. Relationships need time to revive and refresh. When you get a moment, think about how often you spend your time and space as a green spring either to make money for yourself or to influence others to make it and save it for you. I have chosen to not subscribe to this misrepresented model. I argue that we are beautiful creatures with creative minds worth multitudes more than green springs.













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Donna Reviere Dorman · ago
Here’s my understanding of Time, as a human we have very little of it and once we realize that and except that as a fact most of us will choose to live our lives differently, in a more loving and peaceful space.
Secondly our concept of time is minimal, as we as humans have found a way to break it down to make it easier to utilize.
And lastly what I love about Time is that we as humans have absolutely zero control over it.
Because Time is Infinite, I do not measure or wonder about it, I just try to use the little bit that I’m given everyday to the best of my ability! Bless you for these words of thought, with infinite possibilities.

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H.L. Dowless · ago
Thank so much for your kind words and thoughts regarding my work. Feel free to browse my Amazon links and my blog. Feel free to ask me anything, and I'll be happy to give answer. If this author can assist you in anyway, or if you simply want to chat, just let me know and I'll always be there. Cheers!
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Tony Martello · ago
Thank you, Donna. Check out my other story, "Maize of Color" and let me know what you 🤔 think, and vote if you like it! Tony
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Tony Martello · ago
Thank you. I like your explanation of time!
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Becky Shull · ago
Voting for you
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Tony Martello · ago
Thank you for voting Becky. Check out my other story, "Maize of Color" in the short fiction category and vote if you want to support that story as well. It is in the final round-going for the finish! Tony
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Gerald Olivas · ago
Go Tony, Love this one. You rip! Gerald
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Keith Simmonds · ago
Congratulations for having reached the Finals, Tony! Good luck!
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H.L. Dowless · ago
I liked the flow of the words and the alluded meanings. I'll give you a good vote. Drop me a line sometime and chat. Fellow authors and writers should always carouse and chat, in my personal opinionated opinion.
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Tony Martello · ago
Sounds great! This story and "Maize of Color" made it to the final round of votes. For continued support, vote so I can make it to the finish line! Tony
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Grace Freedson · ago
This is very well layered and though-out. I've been feeling a lot of pressure to be a green spring lately, so I'm glad I came across this. Thanks for sharing it!
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H.L. Dowless · ago
You are so very welcome, Madam! Investigate my Amazon links when the urge strikes. Click me a kind review, if you feel moved. Please et me know if this author can be of any service to you! Cheers!
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Tony Martello · ago
Grace, thank you for your support. My other story, "Maize of Color" made it into the finals. Feel free to check it out and vote to help it make it across the finish line. I appreciate your support! It can be found:


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Tony Martello · ago
Thank you, Grace! This story, along with "Maize of Color" made it to the finals. Feel free to vote for continued support and to make it to the finish line :)
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MCHayes · ago
Wonderful message and prose. It certainly made me take a look at how well I spend my time. Best wishes! Look forward to more of your work.
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Tony Martello · ago
MCHays, thanks for your previous support. This story, and "Maize of Color" made it to the final round. For continued support, vote so I may it across the finish line! Tony