The Detriment of Speed

Featured, Life, Random Ramblings, Rants

We have speedy transportation, super fast internet, quick and short conversations, hasty text messages, even fast food. While it can be a good thing to be quick, I think our culture has gone too far with it. People have a habit of overbooking their life. Everything is so close together, there is no breathing room. There is no time to eat a decent meal, so we have fast food. We don’t have time to type two letters on the keyboard of our phone, so we just reply with ‘k’.

It is a good thing to slow down in life, and not push the speed limit everywhere we go. Budget extra time to go places, more time for talking to people, and so on.

Now, I’m not advocating being lazy. On the contrary, I think you should spend every moment carefully, and with purpose. This is where video games can be seen to be extremely unhelpful. There is really no point to a video game, other than earning bragging rights. Besides, it’s just another way to waste time, which is one thing we should not be doing.

People matter. Instead of playing a video game for five hours, go make a friend, or two. Or more. Hang out with people you already know. Build those relationships. It is super important. I’m afraid that in the world we live in, people are too absorbed with themselves. This leads to the “need for speed”. “When I want something I want it now,” is the mindset.

If you are under forty-three, why drive a car to the grocery store? Unless you live an hour’s drive from the story, there is no excuse as to why you shouldn’t walk, or use a bicycle. Not only will your pocket book thank you, you will be healthier for it. It also gives your mind time to slow down, and ponder things in life that actually matter. Not just wondering what your next Facebook status will be, or whether or not so-and-so likes you, or wondering if your dog went and found a rat and gave it a tour of the city. Ok. Most people don’t ponder that too often, but you get the point. Think about, and talk about things that actually matter.

Life is short, so live it well.

And I don’t think fast food counts counts as living well.


4 thoughts on “The Detriment of Speed

  1. Thank you so, so much for this post… I hadn’t linked our “need for speed” to the fact that we rarely see past the end of our own noses, but it only makes sense. Good thoughts for sure.

  2. Thanks for slowing down tonight and taking time to just talk.
    We’ve enjoyed every thought and laugh, and sweet response.

    Now, where’s that bicycle? I need to run to Hy-Vee. 🙂

  3. So true—I know I come out of grocery stores without really even seeing anyone—It’s not that I’m going all that fast, but that I’m focused on just one thing—getting groceries! Really investing in other’s lives does take a lot of time. Family meals is another great investment! I think I’ll skip the bicycle, though! 🙂

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