Doctor Who And The Time Puddle

Doctor Who* tells us that Time is a Vortex, or something like that.  But to me, it’s more like a big puddle.  And where you stand in that puddle (wearing wellies of course, nobody wants wet feet),  depends upon how you relate to time. For me, I’m standing very near the edge of the puddle, facing inwards towards the vast expanse of water.  The vast expanse is my future and the little bit of water behind me is my past.  As a result, I have very little trouble looking forward and envisaging what my life looks like in the future.  But I do struggle to recall the past as easily.  It’s not that I have amnesia, I just find it difficult to access the past without the right trigger.  That trigger can come in a conversation or in the right question that I ask myself; from a song on the radio or something I watch on television.  But I’m not prone to reveries or solo reminiscences.  Nor am I particularly quick to come up with ‘a time I demonstrated a particular skill’, which is why I do my best to avoid interview situations! I think it’s also hampered me when planning for the year ahead.  When I worked in the (corporate) jungle, someone else decided the parameters for my ‘key performance indicators’.  But now that I’m no longer an inconsequential, bum-on-a-seat, my planning is of a different hue.  I am responsible for deciding what I do and how I do it.  How exciting!  But one of the key components of a successful planning exercise involves reviewing the year just...