The Paradox of our Time

Take a moment to just Breathe...and read this

"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. 

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to 

life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but 

have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer 

space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. 

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, 

but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but 

accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more 

computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we 

communicate less and less. 

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small 

character, steep profits and shallow relationships. 

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but 

broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway 

morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything 

from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the 

showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can 

bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share 

this insight, or to just hit delete... 

Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not 

going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks 

up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave 

your side. 

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the 

only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent. 

Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most 

of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from 

deep inside of you. 

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might 

not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to 

share the precious thoughts in your mind." 

Bob Moorehead

© Rocky Suzanne Patten 2012