Seconds, minutes, and hours pass by so very quickly in today’s modern world of instant communication and technology. Responsibilities, obligations, and recreation, are all part of the busyness that causes the days, weeks, months and years to seem like they are literally flying by us. We don’t dare close our eyes for fear of what we might miss!
Our society has advanced so much in 2011! We have best conveniences and most comfortable lifestyle of any other generation! Our computers are smaller, lighter and faster; our cars are more comfortable and use less gas; our T.V.’s are bigger with higher definition and hundreds of channels to choose from; our houses are bigger, our toys are fancier…we have
cell smart phones, GPS devices, hot tubs; ipads, 1 minute coffee makers, video cameras. Let’s not forget to mention our bikes, quads, boats and RV trailers. We go on cruises to the islands, eat the most delicious meals, exercise on the latest equipment and enjoy the latest fashion styles. More kids today have college educations, and with the advances in the internet we all have unlimited access to knowledge. Life couldn’t be any better? People couldn’t be happier? Society can’t be any more advanced?
To the contrary, the prevalence of depression today is greater than it has ever been before.[i] Suicide rates are higher[ii], violent crimes are more intense. More kids are running away, drug use is epidemic and marriages are failing like never before! Why are people so stressed out, confused, over burdened and troubled in unprecedented measures today? Could it be that the comfort of today’s modern conveniences could be harming our minds and poisoning our spirits?
Maybe I am exaggerating a little bit? The music artist Randy Stonehill sang these lyrics, “Stop the World I want to get off.” Can you relate? I can. The best therapy for a sick society is slow down and take a look at what is really important, what is meaningful, and what is lasting. The Psalmist in the Bible said: “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”[iii] The poet Robert Brault said: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
Lets learn to appreciate the little things: the smell of fresh rain, the laughter of our children, the smile on our loved one’s face, the presence of friends, and the beauty of love. So take a deep breath, feel the oxygen in your lungs and enjoy the little things in life that are all around you.
Say a quiet prayer…Thank you Lord for this moment…I’m going to hold onto it for it is very special.
[i] Why is there so much depression today? The waxing of the individual and the waning of the commons. Contemporary psychological approaches to depression: Theory, research, and treatment.
Seligman, Martin E. P.
Ingram, Rick E. (Ed), (1990). Contemporary psychological approaches to depression: Theory, research, and treatment, (pp. 1-9). New York, NY, US: Plenum Press, ix, 198 pp.
[iii] Psalm 90:12