Today while sipping my iced coffee from my travel mug for which I get a discount because I’m not using plastic when I don’t need to, I overheard an older gentleman talking to another older gentleman about the issues he has with the younger generations. The conversation started with how he was taught to count change without a computer and how young people these days don’t know how to do simple math. His dad taught him that and how to read a map. “I knew which town as X and which road was where. Kids these days don’t know anything about time and distance. While this is probably true about the maps and the counting, it got me thinking about time and distance as a concept.
A lot of what I’ve been talking about on here as been about changing your surroundings, focusing on more than your day to day, and experiencing life. These practices aren’t something that just happens one day. They take time. As they would say in an AA meeting, one day at a time. This is the concept of time that I started to ponder. Time is something people these days hate to spend. They want it now. The older man across the room might be onto something even if it’s not exactly what he meant. We want our websites to load fast, we want our rice in a minute, and our coffee ready when we wake up. In relationships, we want the sex first and the connection later, but not too much later. We want our diet to make us lose pounds after the first kale salad. Time is something we have taken for granted.
However, with time, is when we start to see the real results of our patience. If we work out a little every day, we start to lose those pounds and one day we wake up and look in the mirror and see that body we want. With time we fall in love and suddenly speed is something we don’t want. We want time to slow down and that is a beautiful thing. And as far as fast internet is concerned, kids these days will never know the time it took just to load a single image of Brittany Spears in a tight red latex jumpsuit. Seriously, after two hours you’d get to the eyebrows.
On the point of distance we tend to force things by keeping them close together. We underestimate the power of taking a few steps away and looking at things from a different perspective. This goes back to my blog about getting out of the house and changing your surroundings. You can gain a new view on life and your problems or successes when you step outside of your bubble and put some distance between you and whatever it is you are holding tight to or can’t see clearly with your face pressed against it.
“Kids these days no nothing about time and distance,” he said. I think we do, but a lot of us are too stubborn to admit it or practice the art of taking time and applying distance. Try that today. Whatever it is you’re struggling with, put some distance between you and that thing. Take a breath and allow time to show you the results you seek. You’ll be surprised at the joy that comes when that time and distance reveals what you’ve been wanting to happen here and now for so long.