The other night I was sitting across the table from my 2-year-old son as he played with one of the toys he had been given last X-Mas.
It’s one of those educational toys that you push blocks through different-shaped holes on top of a large plastic hippo. Once inside you push down on this plunger thingy and the blocks spin around and out the hippo’s mouth.
He throughly enjoyed it but after a short time he figured out something I found rather interesting – you didn’t have to bother putting the blocks in through the top. All you had to do was push them into his mouth.
It was faster and easier.
He hasn’t turned three and yet he is doing something that we all look for – the easier and faster way. To heck with the other way.
How many adults do the same thing? They don’t want to exercise; they’d rather take some pills or have some surgery done.
Faster and easier, but that doesn’t make it better.
In today’s touch-button society we seem to overlook what is better for us; what helps us grow, what creates good habits, what gives us a good chance to achieve whatever we want in life.
Instead we just want that quick-fix solution.
Give me the results TODAY.
The problem with such thinking is that it doesn’t address the real problem – us.
My son is living proof that we always seek out the easiest, fastest methods.
But as adults, we need to know when to take the slow route.