Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Take" Your Time

If you are an avid fan of the TV game show "Jeopardy", then you understand the word "Take" in quotation marks means the word "Take" will appear in the correct response to the answer (Jeopard gives you the answer, the contestant must provide the question). If you're not a fan of "Jeopardy", then just walk with me. It will all make sense after while.

We've all heard the ancient and overused adage "Take your time". As a child, I used to eat very fast. My parents told me I ate like a prisoner! The nerve! (Unfortunately, it's a habit I still have to this day). For that reason, they told me "Take your time eating, son." If you are a fan of The S.O.S. Band, like I am, they have a song called "Take Your Time". The whole point of taking your time is so that you can maximize the experience or optimize every opportunity by paying attention to quality over quickness.

It's very sound advice but my question is this, is the focus of the phrase more on "Taking" or "Timing?"