Drowning in the River of Time

Drowning in the River of Time

The complexity of human behavior is evidenced by the controversial concepts we have on many issues. One issue is time. The definition of time varies. Another issue is our focus on the past, present and future times. What is gone is gone. Others say live the moment. Others adopt the wisdom that if we do can't plan for the future then we shall fail.

I have a simple analogy. If you are driving a car would you only use the back mirror (or camera) representing the past, the side mirrors (the present time) or the front mirror (the future time)? Would you dispense with any of them?

Let us take a simple example. If a smoker smokes few cigarettes a day then this person sight would say I am delighted smoking and I am not failing the pain. The delight outweighs the pain. Only years later this person might feel the pains of his retreating health, the cost of medicines, the loss of his job and other pains. If we only take the value of the present time things may look quite different from the future. When the future arrives it shall leave little room for correction. The delight of smoking becomes so meager and the pain becomes significant. Thinking of the present and neglecting the past can be very costly. Time will still tick constantly at every second, but the pain may grow exponentially.

There is what I call Compound Pain Rate in emulation of compound interest rate.
Ali Anani, PhD

A friend sent me recently a video on a person who kept eating junk food for three consecutive months. The shocking results was that his health deteriorated and became equivalent to a person in his seventies. This form of accelerated simulation of human behavior may be very helpful in accelerating time so that we see much sooner the deteriorating effects of small pains that reach a critical level and beyond which curing becomes almost impossible.

Small actions at the present time might be the wings of a butterfly that cause us great pains in the future.
Ali Anani, PhD

I can hear somebody say then what is the value of planning? I say that with accelerated simulations we may see the consequences earlier and therefore plan better. We human are cells that connect to form tissues, then organs, subsystems and the whole body. Like any system there are systemic errors. These errors we may not interfere with. If we try we make things worse. If you haven't seen the Deming's Funnel it is about time to see it in action to realize the effect of not leaving systemic errors alone now or in the future.. You may try this simulation for free here.

http://www.symphonytech.com/funnelexp.htm

Or, you may wish to watch this video


It is a different story when errors aren't systemic. Here we may interfere and may make plans to reduce variations.

Our thoughts lead to our actions. Small actions may lead to catastrophic results in the future. However; it is about time to realize that actions are the products of thoughts. If thoughts are negative and they become a little bit more negative everyday then something damaging might become catastrophically damaging in the future. Thoughts are the actual butterflies. We need first to plan the correction of our thoughts and beliefs so that they may kill us in the future.

The present time flows into the future. The river of time might overflow and get out of control in the future. Remember what is small today and manageable could become huge and very impacting tomorrow. Don't wait for the tide of time to drown you.

A comment by dear Sara Jacobovici for one of her deep comments prompted me to write this buzz.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#53
great and relevant quote . Thank you for your assurances. You are a lady with great insight.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#50
Thank you Emily\ud83d\udc1d Bee. you are a queen bee. I am encouraged by your words and feel the push to keep moving.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#47
Paul Walters- very interesting idea- we may live the moment, but crowd our future. We see same thing happening everywhere. We may live the moment, but crowd our future. Yes, we may spend all our earnings today, but then we shall have our future crowded with demands that we can't meet. WOW! I feel this ideas can be expanded on a lot.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#46
Cyndi wilkins- so, based on your comment the supply and demand of time define the price of time. This is a special case as the supply of time is only 24 hours a day. So, demand increases and supply decreases from a fixed amount. THis is similar case to land. The supply of land is mostly constant (we may fill sea water to make more land) and the demand is always increasing. The result is bursting of land prices in many countries.

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

4 years ago #38

Ali Anani Once again a gem of a piece! After living on a tropical island for the last five years I discovered something from the Balinese. They live not for today but for the moment!!! Their philosophy is that , yesterday is gone and tomorrow is a mystery so live for the moment. All well and good and a philosophy I truly admire but perhaps the town planners should abandon this practise as with the increasing amount of traffic on the roads there is not a lot of 'forward planning' Oh well I guess we cant have it all!

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

4 years ago #37

The only thing I can add to this beautiful buzz Ali Anani, is when one realizes they are running out of it...TIME becomes much more precious.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#44
Great observations are there in your comment. I loved the way you dear John Rylance described the mirrors as possibilities of problems may attack us from all directions and the need to keep the mirrors clean. Yes, time doesn't move linearly if we consider it as a river.

John Rylance

John Rylance

4 years ago #35

Tides ebb and flow, there are high and low tides, for this reason it might be a mistake to assume the tide of time is a constant forward movement. The flotsam and jetsam of life can stay with us, it may go never to return, or we may need to ensure we deal with it successfully if it does return. To pick up on your analogy of car mirrors, we need them all, problems or good things can come at us from any angle, so we need to see in all directions, so that we can embrace or reject them accordingly. Yes we can't go back in time, but we can (with rear mirrors) stop the past catching up with us.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#42
- your quote of the profound comment of Abraham Lincoln is spot on. It says a lot. Blindness to see tomorrow is a recipe for disaster on the personal and business levels is true as you rightly mentioned in your comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
You summed the buzz beautifully dear Jeet Sarkar and as beautiful as your mind is.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #32

Thank you dear Ali Anani You are a very humble person and I have not seen such simplicity in the current world. To just be able to know an idol like you gives me the joy of being in the Now where I get to learn and know more from you. I am not a fan of movie stars anymore. I am a fan of my favourite bees on beBee. I am not a master of time But I am learning not to drown in time And Now to move in time. Thank you

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

#37
you made my day Ali Anani, thank you. It is my pleasure to support a superb bee on its golden honey tour!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
A grand ambassador of beBee should have your grandness dear . I thank you for writing such a grand comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#34
WOW! \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams- you are truly a great person to connect with. Your comments stand out as buzzes on their own. You make me feel I am "moving in time". Can we define synchronicity as two souls moving together in time? If yes, I know why we move together in time. Your movement along the past, present and future times is admirable. Blessed you are.

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

very inspiring and a very good reminder to be more present thank you Ali Anani

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #27

Drowning in the river of time As you go down You feel the need to go back up You realise the need to keep swimming You start swimming upward To stay afloat To enjoy the present time To plan for usefulness of the time Time available in the Now and the future. You see yourself drowning You identify what's dragging you Whats causing the weight So you shake it off You plan and swim against it Finally moving in time Thank you Ali Anani for ride on the river of time through this intriguing buzz

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Laura Mikolaitis sees track with this buzz. The link is https://www.bebee.com/producer/@laura-mikolaitis/wiping-away-the-condensation#c8 Take my word. This buzz is worthy of your reading time. I invite all readers of this buzz to read also the buzz of Laura.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
I do appreciate your comment dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit to respond first.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
Kevin Baker- you highlight a core point of the uaa and in fact you are the first one to do so. So, I am very happy with your comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
Thank you Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven and I am glad you enjoyed the video

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Very interesting point dear debasish majumder "but, the residue of the past effect lies on us in different form, a new quality or character". Your use of the word eloquent is very sharp. Yes, to what extent he past residues affect us is worthy of further consideration.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Thank you Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman for sharing the buzz and for alerting e to the buzz of Laura. I shall check and come back with more detailed response.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Phillip Hubbell- I enjoyed your highlighting our reversal of direction of time as we grow older. This is an exceedingly interesting point to probe.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

I just read a post by Laura Mikolaitis. I shared your buzz in the comment section of Laura's post and sharing her post with you https://www.bebee.com/producer/@laura-mikolaitis/wiping-away-the-condensation

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #18

#14
Thank you Ali Anani's insightful comment on time and expanding on your car metaphor. I know this sounds cliche but, it's complicated. Steve writes, "If we are here now, we know we have made it to the present." But I "see" this as the following process in time: in order to know I made it, the knowledge can only come from what I projected from the past, how else can I know I made it here? The other half of Steve's quote, "If we can't picture ourselves in the future, there is a good chance, we may not be there", describes the same process: if we can picture ourselves in the future, we can only be there, in the present, knowing we are in the present as a result of having pictured ourselves, projected from the past. The reason it's all the same, from my perspective, is that time is not linear, we don't move through time, we move in time, we place ourselves in time. The car metaphor is a good one because we are in the car and have access to different perspectives of how we are moving in time. When we are looking forward, yes, we are seeing "ahead" but we are experiencing "ahead" as passing moments in the present. Each side mirror reflects what is passing beside us from different "angles" and the rear view mirror has a "blind spot". In other words, we can perceive time, but not in an integrated and whole way. Our sensory system is not set up for us to take it all in. We are designed to "remember", or not, the past, "be" in the present, and "imagine", or project, ourselves into the future.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Very true

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #16

#18
"How do we adapt to it?" This is the common denominator question. Within our existence, in time, we all adapt differently. This is where the diversity of success happens and wars begin.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Great thoughts Harvey Lloyd. You wrote "Time is the water we drift upon, but we are separate from the water".This thought invites for many questions.in what patterns does water flow? How do we adapt to it? How is the flow affected by the environment and us who drift upon it? I love comments that make me think such as this one.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
I shall be beside you dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit "This is the biggest difference between having a learning journey and a successful personal brand". I enjoy the journey.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #13

The only way we connect with time is through others. Time is merely a variable within our existence. We live and we die. Where on the timeline we do this is not the reality. What we do inbetween is what makes the difference. Your buzz shines light on the variables of the past and future. We can make the difference by what we learn being passed on to someone else's future. These variables can bring us to wisdom and grant others our experience or, and it's a big OR, we can allow both variables to consume us as your hourglass illustrates. Time is the water we drift upon, but we are separate from the water.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #12

#14
My dear Ali Anani this much I can say about "If we can't picture ourselves in the future, there is a good chance, we may not be there" [quote from Steve Chapman] is this. I have been to one too many funerals of young people aged between 17 and 25, and that too many numbers a total of 4. I also have purchased albums from great songwriters who voiced and saw the future, but he met unusual ends - and John Lennon's life was taken by a deranged fan who wanted his "personal brand' and thought by killing him he would inherit it - such is the sickness of image in this world. Yet John Lennon left a song of the future he had for his beautiful boy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A56ZuKgPYg - so what can I say other than, in these matters of mind, heart and will, one size does not fit all. Who I am to see any future than leave a message that I might read once I get there. This is the biggest difference between having a learning journey and a successful personal brand. It comes down to what is image and what is real. This video is a celebration of the everyday second we have and one day all we have are the images.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Fantastic comment this is dear Steve Chapman - I wish you would share your comments on this comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
:))))

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #9

#7
Not Stomach-Mind but Brain-Gut, I note that as much as we are neuronal creatures we are also creatures made of microbes.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #8

#9
Agreed Ali Anani and grateful for our exchanges.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Dear Sara Jacobovici- This is an incredibly thoughtful comment. You really made my day and filed it with joy. I love the idea of instant gratification and as we grow up we still keep this habit with us. As you said We need to tolerance to waiting. This is a deep thought. You bring to my mind a novel thought. It is as kids we have small variation, but as we grow up this variation widens. So, the older we get, the more tolerance to waiting we should exercise. If I don't know if you would agree. In any case you opened my mind to new issues of human behavior. Bravo dear Sara.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #6

I can never shake off the feeling of seeing my name mentioned, in any connection, on one of your buzzes Ali Anani. Thank you! You have woven so much in this buzz about the fabric of time. I can only contribute a very small "gut reaction"; the concept of instant gratification. The complexity of time, our relationship to time and the space in which we experience time is developmentally, psychologically very simple. The simplicity is related to survival. When the baby is hungry, it needs to eat, right away! Its need to be gratified has to be instantaneous. As we mature, we develop our ability to delay our gratifications, but unfortunately, emotionally, we may be "stuck". This need to experience instant gratification is connected to many of our addiction behaviours, our choices and decisions in our adult life. Instant gratification also influences how we experience errors or failures. Instead of experiencing the "lessons learnt" from these errors or failures, we react with the frustration of not being gratified with our intended outcome. We need to be mature about time when we relate to our business needs. We need to exercise our tolerance to waiting.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Dear - yes, and I agree with you "Our body and mind craves for diet of wisdom which would help strengthen each and every core of the being". I wonder if dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit would say Our Stomach and Mind..... I appreciate your mind Tausif

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. You keep surprising me for no matter what topic I write on you are more than capable of making very insightful comments. I recall consulting for a pharmaceutical company which had a problem with one of its products. The quality control rejected the random samples. In spite of all the efforts of the production department to correct for the process, the rejection was constant. The quality control didn't understand the range of systemic variation and in rejecting what should have been approved samples made things worse. This is an example of what you wrote "worked under the name of Deming but not the principles. No wonder these people are drowning in this water".

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Some variants should be left alone if they are systemic. We need to identify if they are systemic or not. If they are, we may mostly increase variation and by that change the initial position to one that would lead to more variation Pascal Derrien

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #2

One of the words I roll my eyes at is "unintended consequences" - it is one of those cleaning rag words which we use to clean up our errors. We are so deathly afraid of error that we have stopped allowing error to inform us - and in that very cleaning we can create even more unintended consequences. The unfortunate part in this is that while I hold W.Edward Deming's mind in the most absolute highest regard, the practitioners of Deming have in some areas, served to discredit him. One area where Deming is not liked (and by not liked I mean vehemently hated) is in the innovation community. They don't see Deming's 14 Principles as a good thing, instead they focus not on the Deming principle but the Lemming. The Lemmings take the work of Deming and create the very unintended consequence that the Funnel Experiment was meant to expose in the first place. Lemmings in this regard are different from Deming because while Deming is preached, Deming actually is not practiced, but what is practiced is either the blind leading the blind or errors not so dissimilar to what have been pointed out in the video and the net result is that today the world of work is continuously optimizing and seeking Deming like efficiencies - so the innovations that result are only sustaining innovations. This is which has drawn the ire of the innovation community. The compounding of interest as life is what produces a Power Law distribution - and this explains why systemically so much of change efforts fail to materialize - because the thinking does not understand the funnel experiment. This includes the cobblers children who have worked under the name of Deming but not the principles. No wonder these people are drowning in this water.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #1

Is variability not a key human component we have always tried to tame without success?

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