Why are we always in such a rush?
It seems that we're always rushing through life.
We spend all of our time with our eyes staring at our phones, that little digital world that we just can't possibly live without. It's sad to go to a restaurant and see two people sitting at a table, no conversation between them, both looking straight down at their phone.
We're rushing to get from point 'A' to point 'B'. We get on the road, we have our destination in mind, and to heck with anyone who gets in our way. Hurry up and get there, now!
We rush through our work day, likely at the behest of a manager somewhere, the manager always demanding more, more, more. The more widgets you produce in that 8-hour shift, the more profit the manager makes. Even if your widget quality becomes somewhat sub-par.
We rush through our daily routine in our homes, because everyone has to be someplace different at the exact same time. Sometimes I wonder if parents forget their children's names because it's such a whirlwind of indifference.
We rush to get our news, and you can get whatever "news" fits your taste! Back to that little digital world we inhabit, where we can get 24/7 news for liberals, conservatives, democrats, republicans, jokers, kids, and everything in between. Even fake news!
Back to that little digital world we inhabit... heaven forbid we don't read and respond to that text message right this very moment, even if we're traveling down the interstate. The sender of the text might be upset with that lack of immediate response.
We rush to offend, and rush to be offended.
At every. little. thing.
Why can't things just wait a minute?
You don't exactly "save" that much time by driving 10 mph over the limit for a 30- or 40-minute commute. You save, at most, a couple of minutes. But you put everyone else's life at risk. Is your destination THAT important?
Why is it impossible to leave the phone at home when going to the store, or going out to eat with friends? Does our life depend on keeping that piece of circuitry, plastic, and glass in our hands at ALL times?
Does life depend on responding to the text message that very moment? It can't wait 5 minutes?
Maybe that's where our society is going wrong... we can't communicate anymore. We can't look at someone else's face and talk to them... just simply talk. About anything: The weather, the ballgame last night, the man in the moon.
We can't make a phone call... instead we have to send a text. And we can't even spell out the words properly in the text! Are we really THAT lazy? "I'll c u l8r." Really?
It's a beautiful day today in southeast NC. The sky is a deep, crystal-clear blue. Fields are green, or are rapidly greening. Greens and blues abound today. How many people slow down enough to even notice? What harm is there in slowing down just a bit... maybe allowing yourself a little extra time on that drive to Walmart. Time to "take the back way," roll down the window, drive a little slower, take a deep breath, enjoy the day.
We're wound so tight... I'm sure the idea of slowing down is quite foreign indeed.
How about taking the long way home from work, just this once?
Turn off the GPS and actually look out the window! Guess what? There's nothing wrong with getting "lost" once in a while.
Turn off the phone and actually talk face-to-face with someone! ...or better yet, leave the phone at home.
Is part of problem the fact we're a 24/7/365 society? We no longer work a certain "shift," a set number of hours. We take our work home with us; "bzzzz" goes that phone and we MUST respond RIGHT AWAY.
Unless you're negotiating a nuclear weapons deal with North Korea, whatever the matter is, it really can wait.
My friend Jefferson Weaver posts a blog occasionally that references playing with the dog, making faces at a cat... enjoying LIFE. God gave us LIFE. He gives us everything... EVERYTHING. He granted engineers the knowledge to develop the little electronic nightmare on which you read this blog. He granted people the knowledge on how to build and operate roads, cars, airplanes, office buildings, pianos, supermarkets, restaurants, etc. He granted farmers the knowledge on how to raise crops, like that corn that is starting to come up quite nicely in my local area. The list of God's Goodness is endless.
Why can't we take 2 seconds to think about and appreciate these things?
And be grateful.
I learned in a very severe way late last summer that life is very, very short... really a matter of mere minutes on the grand timeline of the eternities. It's a shame we spend those precious few minutes in such a blinding rush.