Life has changed throughout the Babyboomer years due to advances in communication, technology and medical science but are our lives better for it?
We have have experienced a tremendous period of change in history with advances made in all areas of our lives.
In some ways we have had a privileged life compared to the lifestyle that our parents generation had, but are we really better for it all?
I came across these words written by Herbert.K. Lau. I don't know who he is other than he is from Hong Kong and that he is obviously an observer of life and a very wise man.
Looking back over the babyboomer years he reflects on the changes which we've witnessed.
Today we have bigger houses and smaller families
More conveniences but less time
More knowledge, but less judgment.
We have more experts, but more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast.
Get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired.
Read too little, watch T.V. too often, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too little, and lie 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 have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy it less.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We've conquered outer space, but not inner space.
We've split the atom, but not our prejudices;
We write more, but learn less; plan more, but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush, but not to wait;
We have higher incomes, but lower morals.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies, but have less communication.
We are long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are the times of fast foods, and slow digestion, tall men and short character;
steep profits and shallow relationships.
More leisure and less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
Two incomes, but more divorce; fancier houses, but broken homes.
That's why I propose, that as of today,
you do not keep anything for a special occasion,
because every day that you live is a special occasion.
Search for knowledge, read more, sit on your front porch and admire the view without paying attention to your needs.
Spend more time with your family and friends, eat your favourite foods, and visit the places you love.
Life is a chain of moment of enjoyment, not only about survival.
Use your Crystal Goblets,
Do not save your best perfume, and use it everytime you feel you want it.
Remove from your vocabulary phrases like "one of these days" and "someday".
Let's tell our families and friends how much we love them.
Do not delay anything that adds laughter and joy to your life.
Every day, every hour, and every minute is special.
Live every day as if it was your last.