Monday, September 8, 2008

Time Perspective

Time perspective is so important when you're working on making changes in your life. We live in a world of instant everything. Our microwave society fosters instant gratification. We've become so used to not having to wait for anything.

I'm guilty of this as well. If I want a cup of coffee, I use my Keurig single cup coffee maker and in seconds, voila - I've got a hot tasty cup of coffee. (It really is good!)

When you're trying to incorporate new choices in your life, it can be very frustrating when it seems to take so long.

But don't get discouraged! A worthwhile goal takes time to accomplish. If you keep doing the same things, the results will continue to be the same. If you want to take a new path, you may need to learn some new skills. So, begin to cultivate a more realistic time perspective.

Think about it, anyone can lose weight in the short term by following a specific diet. But, how many people keep the weight off for the long term? More commonly, they gain the pounds back along with a few more.

Instead of a short term fix try thinking about taking a long term perspective to making important changes in your life. You may be trying to lose weight, quit smoking or start an exercise routine. Whatever it is, give it time. As I wrote in a previous post, habits take time to develop. It takes 21 days to form a habit and 100 days to make it automatic. If it's a worthwhile goal, it's worth pursuing as a life time habit.



I want to leave you with a picture I received from my good friend Jamie. She just gave birth to her fifth baby on Saturday! Is this picture precious or what? Finally, Karli gets to be a big sister instead of the being the youngest.

Raising a family of five takes time and dedication... and a long term perspective. Congratulations Jamie and Todd!

5 comments:

  1. I really liked this reminder. Of course you are right - how often I say "we live in a fast-food world." I complain about it, but actually, I want it quickly too. Thanks Debbie. Something else for me to consider.

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  2. I'm glad that this has been a good reminder for you. Good things often take time. Keep at it and be persistent; it will pay off.

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  3. Even in the Christian life, it is important to have a quiet time each day. That way we get to know God better and find out how he wants us to live. So many times we want to have Him answer our prayers in the way we want, and don't take the time to get to know Him. He wants to have a personal relationship with us, but we need to be ready to yield to Him. We also need to be ready each day to handle the adversities that come our way. This also takes time and persistance. If we haven't prepared ouselves to make wise choices, our life can become a mess.

    Sue

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  4. That's so right. I know I often get impatient when I feel God hasn't answered my prayers according to my timing. He's more interested in developing our character and that takes time. But we must be persistent and rest in His time perspective. Well said, Sue. :)

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  5. Very interesting post. Somebody has to do the 'reminding' job!

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