Today we have bigger houses
and smaller families.
More conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees,
but less common sense.
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,
Read too little,
Watch TV too much,
And pray too seldom!
We’ve 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 our neighbors.
We’ve conquered outer space,
But not inner space.
We’ve split the atom,
But not our prejudice.
We write more, 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 communications.
We are long on quantity,
But short on quality.
These are the times of
fast foods and slow digestion;
Tall men and short characters.
More leisure and less fun;
More kinds of foods, but less nutrition.
Two incomes, but more divorces.
Fancier houses, but broken homes.
That’s why I propose, that as of today,
you don’t keep anything for special occasions,
because every day 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 favorite foods and visit the places you love.
Life is a chain of moments of enjoyment,
not only about survival.
Use your crystal goblets. Don’t save your best perfume, use it every time you feel you want it.
Remove from your vocabulary phrases like
“one of these days“ and “someday”.
Write that letter you’ve thought about writing.
Tell your family and friends how much you love them.
Don’t delay anything that adds laughter and joy to your life.
Every day, every hour, and every minute is special.