The Polaroid Camera was an early source of instant gratification. You snapped a picture and out popped the picture. Of course you had to wave it around in the air and wait for whatever chemicals were present to dry, but it was fast. Have we become a new generation of consumers who want something immediately when we click a mouse or push a button? Yes and no. Our frustration with the spinning wheel on our Mac computer or the hourglass on Microsoft grows every minute it is on the screen, doesn’t it? You could microwave a pizza or make gourmet coffee in a Keurig in the time it takes for some files or pictures to load. Is the answer faster computers or cable service? Or do we need to find a balance between quicker and better?
Is this you at work, in the kitchen, or on your computer?
Waiting can be productive sometimes, though. Often I hear someone say, “I’m thinking or doing this and that because I have to wait for such and thus to finish anyway.” (Well they don’t use those exact words – who says “such and thus”?)
In the race for faster, some pleasures are denied. Here’s some examples of tradeoffs:
- Using GPS vs. the adventure of getting lost and finding your own way in a new city
- Microwaving wings vs. partying with friends enjoying the aroma of slow basted wings on the grill
- A cell phone snap of an Hawaiian waterfall vs. sketching the scene
- A quick scroll through Twitter feed vs. reading a book or even writing one
- Ensuring you have phone, tablet, & electronic keys etc. before a trip vs. leaving them all behind and going canoeing
- Enhanced video game playing vs. learning to use your vocabulary with word games
I’m not one to say we should go back to old times or stop using the latest technologies. Google has saved me hours of racking my brain to remember an actor’s name or a football MVP. Innovation is useful –
However, we run the risk of becoming addicted to toys like the one where you have a short time to enter a sequence of musical notes by pressing colors to compete with the toy. I can’t mention the name but you may remember the family on American Dad became addicted to playing it. Quality work, meals, and writing take time but once you find how long it should take, you can relax and do something valuable while you wait. The recipe that follows is a joke but feel free to use it.
- One medium sized elephant Cut elephant into bite sized pieces (takes about 2 months)
- 50 gallons broth or gravy Add gravy or broth to cover. Boil 4-6 weeks
- salt & pepper Season and serve to 3600 people
- Two rabbits (optional) If more people are expected add two rabbits*
* Do this only if necessary because some people do not like to find hare in their stew.
OR you could read my book in under three hours – Mystery at Pima Point available on Amazon.
There are .001 microseconds in a nanosecond and 60,000,000 microseconds in a minute. It’s safe to say you have a lot of nanoseconds left to do something worthwhile starting NOW. Thanks for reading my blog, Jeanie