From the moment the very first man or woman walked the earth and invented the concept of time, they and we, have been awarded the exact same amount of time in order to get things done on a daily basis. From five million years ago through today, no matter who did the measuring, be it Homo erectus, Neanderthal or IT executive, we have had exactly 24 hours per day in which to accomplish our goals and responsibilities.
Early mankind had none of the contrivances that we possess today, yet somehow they accomplished daily tasks under much harsher conditions. Our modern devices were designed to simplify, eradicate, assuage, or reduce the stresses of living, yet nowadays, we allegedly have less time in which to get things done. We have no time to live, exercise, communicate in person or cook and eat the old fashioned way, as a family.
Unlike worker bees, we are disorderly to the point of distraction. We’ve created countless devices, reminders, organizers, planners, apps, calendars, goalkeepers, executive and life coaches, texting, instant messaging, Facebook, Linked IN, tweets, emoticons, etc., all in the pursuit of a better quality of life. We have an insatiable need to organize what goes on 24/7/365 a year. And to what end? All of this scheduling and organizing is in the pursuit on one goal: happiness. Is it just me or are we becoming more paranoid and distrustful, less able to discern fact from fiction?
We’re so busy that we’re even creating artificial devices to gather artificial friends, diminishing the meaning of the relationship. They endorse us for skills and talents we’ve never possessed yet we accept the accolade. With the amount of gaming apps that are being produced and used, our skills would make the “Pinball Wizard” look like an amateur. Furthermore, our kids are using these same devices in a manner that would make Carlos Danger blush, that is, if they can find a spare minute between bullying and abusing each other into self-destructive cyber mania.
Yet through it all, we still have the ability to watch 34.6 hours of television on average per week and comment about the inanity, read about it in US or People and absorb insidious, manipulative opinion masquerading as news.
It makes me think, “Man are we busy?!” At the pace we’re going you have to wonder about the quality of life for the next and subsequent generations. What type of people will they be as a consequence of our device oriented, pseudo lifestyle?
Oh the humanity!
Folks, it’s time to re-prioritize our priorities.
- Quit listening to advertisements that brainwash you into believing that you’re busy. They’re brainwashing you to believe that “Yeah, I sure am!” simply to sell you their life altering experience or product.
- Find two, better yet, three hours per day for you and/or family time. You come first because if you’re not healthy and happy, no one else around you can be. Let your imagination run free about the things you can do on a daily basis that add quality to your routine.
- Turn off the devices during that time to listen to your thoughts. If you’re unable to think about you, your family, or life, then you’ll know that something is out of whack.
- Call up a friend and invite them to lunch, dinner, or a snack. Relearn to convey emotions in person, not via emoticons. I mean, can an emoticon make you laugh and snort so hard that you fart at the same time, and can it laugh along with you? These are life moments that will one day be memories. No amount of screen-time can ever give you this.
- Quit telling yourself and everyone else how busy you are. It’s a glorified buzzword that conveys that you don’t have time for what’s really important: you, your family, or your friends.