Just 5 more minutes

traditional-clocksA news article on chronic tardiness struck a chord.

Seems that being late isn’t necessarily a character flaw.

Or passive-aggressive behavior.

Some of us are late, it turns out, because we’re trying to cram too much into the day.

That means we’re optimistic about checking items off the to-do list.

Our alarm goes off at 5 a.m. and yet I’m always rushing out the door 4 hours later.

Mornings are the best time for writing, so I spend the early hours on the computer.

And making lunches, washing dishes, tossing a load of clothes into the machine, watering the garden, feeding the dog, listening to NPR, taking out the rubbish, showering, dressing, writing a letter, paying a bill, reading the New York Times and checking on weather.

Chronic tardies are a bit unrealistic, thinking we can get a boatload of work done in a brief time.

That realism is like magic, and chronic tardies are magical thinkers.

I’m a magical thinker.


About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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