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No Waiting, Please!

Loretta LaRoche
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Dec 02, 2010 at 01:15 AM 0 comments

Everyone expects things to come quickly and easily. God forbid we should wait a few extra minutes for a cup of coffee or traffic. Fast-food restaurants have become a metaphor for life: Get it fast and easy! It just may well be that as we’ve gone down this road, we’ve lost something along the way. Consider the following startling facts:

  • Rates of depression have risen in recent decades even when people are enjoying time-saving conveniences such as microwave ovens, e-mail, prepared meals, and machines for washing clothes and mowing lawns.
  • People of earlier generations—whose lives were characterized by greater efforts just to survive—paradoxically were mentally healthier. (Our) human ancestors also evolved in conditions where hard physical work was necessary to thrive.
  • By denying our brains the rewards that come from anticipating and executing complex tasks with our hands, we undercut our mental well-being. (Scientific American Mind). Evidently, we feel a deep sense of satisfaction when true physical and mental effort produces something tangible.
  • The newer generations have tried very hard to create atmospheres and situations that are comfortable and rewarding. Much of that mindset has produced individuals who “want what they want, when they want it.” Losing weight should be instantaneous, therefore we want our food in boxes or cans that are so-called easy weight-loss plans.
  • Finding a mate has boiled down to five-minute lunch dates. You sit with someone for a few minutes and are supposed to gauge whether they might fit your criteria. Children are supposed to be rewarded for just showing up at a sports activity, even if they haven’t any skills. Sadly, it is creating a society that will not have a lot of resiliency which comes essentially from hard work and having to put up with situations you’re not in the mood for.
  • Studies in longevity consistently point out that those who reach age 100 have been through hard times, and were able to adapt to those situations. Maybe the real success in staying well mentally and physically is in discovering that the mind and body like effort. Perhaps that’s what makes us thrive and survive.

Lighten Up Your Week:

Take your watch off and hide it in your dresser. Then take on an activity that requires you to do some physical work. Did you notice a new sense of accomplishment?

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