On a Hectic Temperament

24 Feb

There are some of us who find it nearly impossible to put on a pair of pants in the morning. It gets done, but not all at once. One pant leg may reach its destination, only to wait for a sole sock to find its foot. Belt before shirt, jacket lain on bed with shirt in hand—some of us live our lives this way, completely scattered, having to constantly refocus on the tasks before us, whether these tasks be long or short term. Names have been given for these sorts of problems and dozens of medicines have been provided for each name.

It would be of little metaphorical use to try to squeeze some symbol ‘of our lives’ out of this problem in dealing with minutia. This problem with minutia is precisely what creates a problematic life—there is no place into which its talons of confusion do not dig.

But is it really ‘confusion’ per se? This is where the writers of psychology best sellers with self-improvement agendas would chime in here and agree with me, that this way of hectic living and thinking may actually be a blessing in disguise. Though it may be difficult to convince the boss that your slowness is useful or your teacher that your inability to follow rules is beneficial to the curriculum, you may find that there is a life suitable to your hectic way of thinking. While mastering the art of putting on pants may take much less work (but still some), there are greater tasks in life that one might be tempted to avoid due simply to their difficulty, but if one does, he will be robbed of a great many rich fruits and lessons that might come from that experience.

However, this is not to say that there is not a life suitable to a hectic temperament. One must learn to set one’s own parameters around the pace of their inner world. You must go to sleep and rise in such a way that is beneficial to your energy, and this may mean something different from going to sleep at night and waking in the morning. It is not for all to earn their money by working, as some are not equipped for work; at least not in the traditional sense. Some cannot keep from working. It would be best that the employer kept his eye out for such people and not make impossible demands on those who lack the internal strength. For the former group, who are not equipped for something that is held to be a traditional way of living, no matter what that ill equipment is or what area of life it covers or keeps naked, they must tear down the walls that they did not build themselves.

For some, personal projects might be approached like an expensive meal with many sides and courses. One dips into one and nibbles at another. This may be the preferred way of living for some people who want a little taste of everything, and have only the temperament to match it—one that is ‘hectic’; in other words, one that does not fit easily into this world.

O, but there are many worlds, are there not?

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