The Time Bandit and the Oxygen Thief

Time is the most valuable and scarce commodity we have.

From the moment we are born the clock is tick tocking away the seconds to our eventual demise.

This is why I reserve a special kind of loathing for people who bring me closer to death without imparting any meaningful benefit.

At 8am this morning I was advised of a 10am meeting on the other side of the city.

At five minutes to 10 I am in reception announcing my arrival after 45 minutes in teeth-clenching, road-rage inducing gridlock traffic.

Gaping VoidMy phone beeps merrily and I am informed via SMS that the meeting has been moved to 11am to accomodate the man referred to as “Our Lord and Master” aka the Creative Director.

At 11am I was back in reception.

At 11:30 I was still in reception.

At 12 noon Our Lord and Master left for lunch.

Eventually the rest of us had our meeting and achieved (as expected) sweet bugger all.

The upshot of it is that I don’t get those minutes back.

I also didn’t get lunch.

And that makes me grumpy.

That covers the Time Bandit.

On to Oygen Thieves…

I’m sure you know these. They arrive at 9, leave at 5 and take their lunch hour religiously. They achieve nothing, do nothing, contribute nothing and still get paid.

They are ones who don’t cough up the 20 bucks to contribute to a colleague’s birthday, but still help themselves to three slices of cake.

If you put a pot plant at their desk instead, at least it would photosynthesise.

Why am I feeling so resentful?

Tomorrow is Human Rights Day, a public holiday in the RS of A.

What will I be doing? I will be at work.

What will the Time Bandit be doing? Catching some rays.

What will the Oxygen Thief be doing? Breathing.

Scott Harrison



12 thoughts on “The Time Bandit and the Oxygen Thief

  1. Well, that is very possible almost everything in life is relative to your thinking. The ‘time bandit’ can be demystified — you basically need to reposition yourself and learn the blue print of the success that you are looking for.

  2. THANK you! I work in a big company, an now I feel I’m not alone in feeling this way. You are INCREDIBLY, completely right!

  3. I work in a big company (customer’s service) and you are INCREDIBLY RIGHT!!!! Tkank you for making me feel better! 🙂

  4. Well, that is part of life. We all are playing an important role in the equation of life. And the frustration at times can be from either side relatively to your tolerance for certain things. But, I don’t agree with a person who doesn’t have respect for other peoples’ time.

  5. Sometimes i have to convince myself not to get so upset about those oxygen thieves, because truthfully, they are so oblivious anyway, that anything said or done would take them by surprise, and it wouldn’t change anything anyway

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