We live in a pretty demanding world full of a million distractions and things to keep us pretty busy. Some of the things are important and demand our attention, others are less important, and then there are the time wasters that suck the life out of you should you allow them to.
This gadget happy, materialistic environment that calls out to us continually to occupy our minds with thoughts and things that are “nice” and “handy” can tend to distract us from the pure simple and natural joys of living, that for some have gone all but lost in the shuffle. All of these great, new and wonderful commodities are useful tools that can help us accomplish more. They can bring us temporary fulfillment and happiness because they make our life easier. But they will never bring us the lasting happiness that feeds our inner soul and brings us back to the simple childlike joys of yesteryear.
I was thinking about this the other day as I took some off-time from the frantic busy life-style that I now call my “normal”. This day I took the time to enjoy the beauty of a flower, watch the sunset and gaze at the stars in the sky brought me feelings of appreciation for my family and loved ones as I remembered moments that I had spent with each one. That is a joy that lasts on forever.
If you hope to have a great time, put aside all of the distractions, be it work, play gadgets or toys and take the time to feel that inner-peace and joy you experienced as a child. Learn to be happy with the moment, don’t allow yourself to be dependent on “things”. They are but tools that we can use, just don’t allow them to use you!
Do you take the time?
Life is a great teacher as we never really ever stop learning from our experiences in life. There is a quote that goes: “A wise man learns from the mistakes of others, a fool learns from his own mistakes” I had heard a paraphrased version of this same quote and so I went looking for it online as I actually thought that it went like this: “A wise man learns from his own mistakes, but an even wiser man learns from the mistakes of others” For the longest time this is how I would quote this and I would add that the world is full of simply “wise people” and not so many “wiser ones”, as we tend to have to learn things through our own experience.
I would agree that if we are really smart, we will the word of those who have had certain experiences and learn to avoid the same mistakes through their testimony. But unfortunately it just doesn’t seem to go this way most of the time. Our child-like curiosity can get the best of us and we will just have to see for ourselves if it will work out or not (whatever it may be). This why it is said that experience is the best teacher, in fact, if you run into a brick wall you usually try to go a different way the next time around. ( Notice that I said usually.)
While growing up it seems to be innate to not take people’s word for things and to have a buying desire to prove other’s wrong, especially if they assert authority over us. But then, as time goes on, you start to figure that it might have been a lot better if you had paid attention to the teacher who had “been there and done that” in order to save yourself a lot of time and sometimes grief. There can tend to linger on a certain pride that battles with having to give in and finally say “uncle” and accept that someone else just might know what they are saying. Weird, but we more often than not want to be right, sometimes even when we are wrong.
I believe that wisdom shines its light on us when we finally realize that we are not actually the “all-in-all” and that we need to pay attention to others on certain topics. It is wonderful that we can have such a vast array of talent and intelligence around us from whom to draw. We just need to use this and allow wisdom to “kick in”.