In a meeting one day this week someone made the comment: “Addicted to Speed.” It really made me think. We are so extremely addicted to things that are fast and furious. Think about it for a moment. We get impatient when our smart phone does not sync our email fast enough, or when our internet speed is too slow one day. We may be on the phone with a colleague and they say they sent that document to us via email, and we wait on the phone watching our inbox until it arrives.
We cannot download content fast enough over the Internet, we hate waiting for HTML images to download from our email. If we want to view a photo on Facebook and our phone does not have the best signal we get frustrated. The need for speed. We so badly want to honk the horn when the car in front of us is not driving the speed limit. Yes I am the worst offender and often I am in the passenger seat. Note to all: husbands dislike when we try to use the horn when we are not driving.
We want the pot on the stove to cook faster, either because we are very hungry, or we have other things to do. We dislike automated voice controls because they are slow and frustrating and if we could just talk to a human we could be done with our phone call faster. We want the cashier to go faster, but we miss out on that moment in our day when we can just stand and breathe.
We tend to always want to move to the next best thing, and get their as fast as possible, whether we are competing with ourselves or someone else. Why has the world gotten so fast? What are we missing by going this pace? Will we learn to slow down and just appreciate the moment?
We certainly have cultivated an atmosphere where speed is the norm. And it is so difficult to break free from its grasp. Everything around us begs for expediency: drive thru windows, express lanes in retail stores, HOV lanes in busy cities, even attractions at theme parks have shortcut lines. Not to say that they are all bad. But, in several of the moments where I have not taken advantage of these time-savers is where I have experienced life. A conversation with my son over lunch sitting down inside McDonalds instead of taking it on the run, observing the people and attitudes (both positive and negative) while waiting in line at the Magic Kingdom. The occurrences are endless. You are so right, when we take the opportunity to slow down and appreciate the moment, we uncover so much that we would have otherwise missed. Thanks for sharing (and sorry for writing a small dissertation) 😉
Thank you for sharing! I love what you say that when you have not taken advantage of saving time, you experience life!!