We love things to be instant. Technology is expected to be instant. Something happens on the other side of the world and we know about it in an instant. We can tell instantly if someone close to us is unhappy or happy. We can tell in their tone of voice, their body language and the words they use.
We love instant gratification. We like to be instantly in love; and when things don’t work we get upset. We can be zooming down the road in our car, and someone cuts us off and we can become instantly upset. We can react instantly to a wrong look and think, “that person doesn’t like me.” We can be instantly upset with our loved ones, “You didn’t do what you said you would do.” And we can instantly get into an argument.
But life is not instant. Life is slow and fast, instant and long seeming. If you close your eyes and time it for two minutes, it can seem like an hour. Yet an hour in the presence of a loved one can seem like a minute.
Life is our reaction to things. We can react in an instant and make an enemy out of a long-standing friend. Or a friend out of a stranger. It is all up to us. To help us in this conundrum of instancy, we can breathe. Instead of reacting in an instant, we breathe and slow the moment down until we can react with love, patience and kindness.
Today my friend, take a moment to take the fiery action out of the instant. Stop and breathe so that the instant moment hovers in expectancy. What do we want from this moment? Instant gratification? Instant knowledge? Instant love? Slow the moment down until it becomes a workable now into which you can pour the better part of you and have a loving outcome.