My friend Brian notes that the spirit of the age is instant gratification. That those of us who waited patiently for the cookie or lined up in the queue without shoving are now in our dotage. I have to give that some thought since we carry the same software that was and is always consistent but it has to do with expectation and that Zeitgeist applied to the young. It is not anyone's fault. We have instant food, instant information,instant friendships and separations,fast travel and instant holiday destinations, instant new job changes and instant loans, along with instant bankruptcies. The efficiencies of the gratification are compelling and have shortened the process and magnified the goal. We have to be careful we don't milk out our pool of human kindness in our effort to achieve.Those of us who waited for our cookie have only to hustle when we have to get out of the way. I am not complaining. I just think that the contrast of goal versus progress is the key to the matter. I have written of it earlier in a similar context. Those quilters who love their activity hate to finish the spectacular quilt because they have to begin again, and the process as well as the goal was something that endeared them to the activity. Goal seeking activity, at least, relentless goal seeking activity may be destructive, if not to you, at least to me if I get in your way.
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