So many parts of our life happen with such speed that they can seem instantaneous. Data moves throughout the global network so quickly now. It doesn’t matter if it’s a text message or Snap Chat from someone next to me or in Spain. They both seem to arrive just as quickly. Even though I understand the technology, it still astounds me. This instantaneous communication is a growing element of our world and will only become more and more prevalent. What are the implications of a growing instantaneous world?
I think that I have immersed myself enough in this phenomenon that I recognize some of the implications. I am already an impatient person, but I can tell that the more and more immediate that things in life become the less tolerant of delay I become. I was initially astounded that we could deposit our checks in the bank via our smartphones. Now, I have completely integrated this, and don’t understand how other important documentation cannot be handled this same way. What things have you integrated in your life that used to take much longer? Perhaps you have started ordering some of your groceries online. You may have reduced the time and frequency you shop. Perhaps you use the internet to control your thermostat and other elements in your home. I cannot envision life without this instantaneous option any longer. It’s important to take stock of how we have adapted to ensure that we keep the good elements and modify the negative implications.
Our world has taken the idea of immediate gratification to a whole new level, and how has that affected you? Have you considered the ways you are using all of the data and tools at your fingertips to improve your quality of life?
What has the current atmosphere of instantaneous fulfillment cost you? That’s correct, cost you? We know all the things that are available now, but what have you lost? I have lost the time I would spend contemplating purchases. The old way of shopping used to help me avoid making silly unnecessary purchases, but now Amazon Prime has me ordering any time, 24/7. I’m trying to recover that pause and take my time when I want to order something now. What ‘old school’ process of things would you like to adopt, but in a new way. An intentional way.
This blog is part of a series from the book Discover Your Best Life by Mike Hintz. His personal, professional, and spiritual growth tools are also featured in Northlink Retreats. If this topic resonates with you consider reading the book or attending one of the upcoming retreats.