I had planned to take Saturday off, but as usual my mind was sparked, which led to contemplation, which leaves me here typing and wondering…is the “right now” mentality inhibiting our willingness to change?
We get so much in civilized society so fast. Want to eat…fast food. Want the latest news…Twitter. Want to speak face-to-face with a relative 1,000 miles away…Skype. Fast cars, fast information, fast food; and right now!! And the luxury of convenience has turned into expectation and demand! We cannot go back to the days of 45 minute meals or waiting all day for the evening news. Our world can change in a matter of seconds. And many of us expect results to happen in the same manner: fast.
Lots of people are reluctant to participate in activities that take time and require patience. I think about how long it can take for someone to lose weight and wonder if the “gotta have it now” mentality is contributing to the obesity epidemic. It has taken me nearly 13 months to shed 20 pounds and, whereas, it has not been terribly difficult, it has required a ton of patience. It takes lots of time and bother to shop for healthy foods, prepare and organize my schedule to eat. It takes time which is the one factor that people don’t seem to be willing to invest.
It is our enemy in a way, as it slips past us so quickly, turning days into weeks into years before we realize. And that “thing” we meant to do yesterday is still hanging over our head 5 years later. When will we learn? Or maybe better…will we ever learn that tomorrow is the promise of fools.
My hope is that what I write registers in just one soul and prompts them to action. Write, read, skip, jump, swim, run, giggle, exercise, smile. Doing something positive is required to get something positive. Just a thought for your life on this beautiful Saturday morning.