The paradox of our time in history is that:
- We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less.
- We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
- We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.
- We have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
- We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, less judgment.
- We have more medicine, but less wellness.
We talk too much, listen too seldom, and love to hate. We spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, drink too much, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, binge watch TV and seldom pray.
We’ve done bigger, but not better things.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life, not life to years. We’ve been to the moon, but can’t cross the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not our inner selves.
We have more experts, yet more problems. We’ve found ways to clean up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We have quick trips, disposable diapers, one night stands, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
These are the days of big men and small character, steep profits and stagnant wages, thousands of friends and shallow relationships. There are two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses and broken homes. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. It is a time when technology brings noise or insight, and we often choose to just hit delete rather than decide which is which. We have powerful pocket computers, but communicate less.
Give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is a treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Listen, speak and share the precious thoughts in your mind.
Reach out and touch the heart of someone who looks up to you in awe.
Spend some time with your loved ones. They may not be around forever.
Say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. An embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Hold hands and cherish the moment.
If you don’t send this to other people, who cares?… Just remember, it is more rewarding to SHARE.