If I were to use a time machine and travel back to yesterday, I would see these on the board in my office:
If you had time-traveled to that therapy session in my office yesterday, you would have heard this:
We all time travel, through our thoughts, into the future and into the past. Those of us who over-use the time machine that goes into the future tend to experience worry and anxiety. People experiencing depression have a time machine that travels a lot into the past with regret, guilt, and self-judgment.
I’m now getting into time machine #2 to travel a short distance into the future, wondering what people will think about my theory of time machines.
Traveling into the past — by just one day, again — I am hearing my boyfriend Michael say:
When I was quitting smoking and I felt like having a cigarette, I would time travel ten minutes into the future and pretend I had just had one. I realized I would be in the same place with or without a cigarette, so why not skip the step of smoking it?
I plan to apply Michael’s technique to quitting cookies.
While I often recommend that people set their personal time machines to “The Present,” let’s set Time Machine #1 to Monday, July 27, 2015, for a brief visit:
As I’m looking at that bunny from the recent past, here and now, I’m thinking:
- I wonder if bunnies and other animals time-travel in their minds, like humans do?
- What number of life-span years would I have given to a bunny, if I had managed to draw one (instead of just a giant tortoise and a human being) in that pictorial representation of animal life-spans I retrieved yesterday, time-traveling into my memory of a children’s encyclopedia from the early 1960s?
- If you time travel into the Internet (like I just did, 5 minutes ago) you’ll find that my memory of the life span of a giant tortoise was off, by a factor of two.
I believe I’m time traveling a lot, lately, because I’m helping to plan my 45th high school reunion. I won’t time travel two months into the future to imagine that reunion; it will get here, soon enough.
Have any of my readers time traveled into the future to predict what time travel music I might retrieve from time-traveling YouTube?
Traveling 10 minutes into the future, I think there will be music, and a smile.
Timely thanks to Michael, Clara Darko, bunnies, giant tortoises, human beings who time travel, all the movies and characters appearing in “The Time Traveler’s Guide” and you — of course! — for traveling here, today.