When I was young it felt as if days seemed to last for weeks. It seemed that, whether I was working or playing, I was mostly in the present during time that was long and treasured. How does that compare with the world we live in today? I believe we are much like pinballs, being bounced between time lines, managed by the ping of e-mails, texts, tweets, Facebook feeds, and whatever form of media that crashes upon us, making us slaves and addicts to them.
I was recently reading a passage of scripture, where the person who was visiting kin, took a few extra days to savor the relationships. When did we last cancel our reservations and stay a while longer, to enjoy, relish, and make more of our time? When did we last shut off our electronic media for even one full day and simply live in the moment?
One of the tragedies of social media (in spite of all of the good it does) is that it makes one falsely feel needed, included, and valued. All you have to do is jump on the merry-go-round and participate in mostly meaningless conversation. We make a “contribution”, and voilà, we are cool. What a farce.
This instant expectation of response to our electronic media has taken away the functions of pondering, contemplation, and other meaningful non-responses. Instead we are expected to jump, and if we don’t respond within a couple of hours, or heaven forbid the next day, we are not connected and out of touch.
In my pondering of this cycle of dependency, I tried to think of a time value that requires us to be patient while we watch and wait. I immediately thought of how financial fitness works. My mentor James Ritchie presented our family with a pattern many years ago. It required our investments to never be touched except to re-invest them to build toward the future. This pattern we adopted and has become known as Financial Fitness. An example would be buying a real estate investment, watching it mature over time, and IF you sold it, you would not use the proceeds to buy a yacht, you would re-invest this into your Gold Account, and keep building the nest egg. Why? Because the value of time magnifies your worth.
This is true in both finances and our personal lives. If we can detach long enough to make an investment of time in things that matter most – such as pondering our decisions, thinking through our choices, and not posting something new, just to be included in the social merry-go-round, then we can enlarge our relationships, make better decisions, and place a greater value on things that matter most. Perhaps we can cancel our reservations and stay a while longer!
Now if you will excuse me, I need to see how many “likes” I’ve collected from an extremely witty comment I just posted on Facebook 🙂