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“The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the prerequisite for success.” - Maxwell Maltz
“Instant gratification is not soon enough.” - Meryl Streep
Not only do we struggle with the desire for instant gratification on the personal level, we live in a time that it seems to be worshiped. Instant this and urgent that – our culture glamorizes immediate access to any pleasure at any time. As a result we have tried to smash most anything that is sacred or cherished; full flow pleasure is the way to go. It is easy to look around and see that it has not worked – all we have accomplished is to erode and denigrate the very institutions that built the culture to start with. But where does that leave us as individuals struggling to have meaning and value in our lives?
There is a difference between living in the moment and living for the moment. Being aware of ourselves, our situation, our goals and our resources is essential – but to indulge our whims just because we want to feel different right now cheapens that which we indulge in, makes us miss opportunities for growth and costs us big in the long term. Both indulging impulses and practicing restraint become easier each time we do them. The snowball effect comes into play and we either need bigger “fixes” or we build momentum ever more rapidly toward long term goals.
Practicing restraint gives us time to gain perspective on what we really want – the things we acquire quickly rarely bring satisfaction and often bring much unanticipated grief. It is a mark of maturity and self-control to learn to patiently strive toward things. Then, once accomplished, we are able to truly savor the rewards of our efforts. Ultimately, it is a choice between building appreciation and value into our lives or being caught in ever escalating traps of distraction and frustration. We make the choice, one little decision at a time.
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