I met a new friend recently called Deryck.
We shared a cup of tea, ate banana bread and watched our boys swim in the pool and build new Minecraft worlds together, happily.
In extension of our chat, the next day he sent some thought provoking words from American comedian George Carlin (pictured above):
“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often”.
The quote reminds me of what is important in life… our love in every moment, our connection to each another, our resolve to be free (from debt, ill health and attachments) and our ability to slow down for long enough to move at the speed of life.
What thoughts do these words provoke in you?