Value What You Have – What do You Consider Valuable?
Do we Truly Value What we Have?
I ask this question because in the last few weeks I have been privileged to have seen some of the cutting edge work being done in medical science, and also new developments in social media. This prompted me to think back approximately ten years, before the Internet was really ‘mainstream.’ I also thought about how things have changed in my own healthcare in that time. A visit to the dentist completed my thoughts. He told me that these days, most issues can be solved, but of course at a cost!
We seem to be getting so clever with what we can do now. There appears to be no end to what we can achieve, but I wonder if that means we lose the real value of things? I find as a consumer, an initial surge of excitement when I buy a new product but quickly, the next model is coming along. That was never the case a few years ago. For example, a new car used to be a thing of joy, which you saved up for, now most people have one and change them frequently.
Technology means that we can all do things we could never dream of before, but it seems we are continually looking for what we can do tomorrow, without remembering the value of what we have today. We are moving very quickly to a seven day week life style, I have heard the medical profession talk about it, so it must be happening! But that doesn’t mean for only some of us, our lives will all be involved in the change, meaning weekends, being as busy as weekdays.
So what is this progress doing for the quality of our lives? Most of us have smart phones and seem to be using them to be in contact, almost as long as we are awake. They appear to have become an addiction. Real life seems to be passing us by as we try to follow what other people are doing. Like any other thing designed to help us live more efficiently, be have become the slave instead of the master.
Our lives are full of labour saving and ‘life enhancing’ gadgets, but how is it that I don’t really feel ‘time rich’ because of them? We seem to be moving faster and faster into the future, seeking some sort of dream, where we will have everything we need to enhance our lives. A place where medical science can extend out life, beyond what nature intended. But does that place really exist? What is nirvana? Happiness is different things to different people of course. You have to believe that tomorrow will be an improvement on today, but I feel we must learn to appreciate much more what we currently have. If we don’t, we will be filled with frustration for never being satisfied.
I recently did a form of ‘virtual stocktaking’ of my own life. The things that I consider valuable are things that you cannot buy, time, people experiences, etc. I have most modern conveniences of life, and I can’t really think of anything that would positively change my life, that I could buy. Bigger house, faster car, more dinners out and fancy holidays, would not in honesty make any difference to me now.
For most of us, time is probably the most valuable commodity we have, and I urge you to find some and have a quick look at your own lives, you may be surprised by what you see! What do you value most?