Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.
— Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
This is your time. Get out in front make the whole experience into a parade. It is your time to be PRO-Active and not RE-Active. Get it done, get it done. Just do it! Just … BE.
Living in the age of a technological explosion is exciting indeed. It does, however, have its upside as well as another side. One the upside, all of the knowledge and information of this world is literally at our fingertips. Smartphones, watches and tablets are now competing with other more traditional computers for keeping track of and running our daily lives. Let’s face it, a world without computers just doesn’t exist any more. No more information by Pony Express, radio or black and white TV in twelve hour increments. We live our lives out loud and in full spectrum color … 24 hours a day! So, what is the down, I mean other side of this age? Believe it or not, its the same as the upside!
Although a day is still measured in twenty-four hour cycles it is rarely split evenly into day and night. A once 40 hour workweek is now 50 or even 60 hours; more often than not divided into two or three jobs. Thanks to a variety of social, economic and political impacts, a traditional family is no longer the simple math of Father + Mother + 2.5 kids + a dog. The blending of families across generational as well as cultural bloodlines is the new normal.
So, what happened to all of that “extra” time we acquired through the use of technology? Its clear it is being used just to keep up; just to make our short ends meet. These days it takes more time to make/earn the same amount of money as it did fifty years ago. What a shame! It turns out in our quest for more time, so much of the valuable time we already had was suddenly no longer as accessible as it once was.
I can remember when spending hours at the library, or perusing sheet and vinyl music at the record store was the stuff dreams were made of. My friends and I would cross the train tracks just to go to the nearby park on Saturdays to watch my younger brothers play little league baseball. Oh, and don’t get me started about writing (yes writing) letters to each other and passing them before, after and in between classes. A phone call to the next city was sometimes considered long distance and it cost a lot! If you were away from home and needed to make a call, hoped you had some dimes and way to the nearest phone booth. Now, your phone is wherever you are. Yes it seems with all the advances and improvements in our world, we are always moving, always on,the go, but not getting anywhere…fast.
There is so much more to life and living than wake, eat, play, sleep and repeat. Life itself is more. So when you say there isn’t enough hours in the day remember time hasn’t changed; only your perception of it. Your challenge from this moment on is to BE.