Many of us remember the song and video for TLC’s “Waterfalls”. For those that don’t, it’s all about going after things that you really want and not thinking about the consequences.
I can honestly say that I’ve done this many times – as I am sure many of us have. But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that we all have to think of the “big picture.” Sure, we want what we want. But, we also have to think about what achieving it means.
For example, we may want that great house or apartment. But, can we afford it? If we move to that great neighborhood, will we have to live on a tight budget? The economics have to come into play.
Another example is about friendships. We all have to work or live in a certain area. But, will our established friendships and relationships suffer? Sure, social media is a great tool for keeping in touch. But, as I mentioned in a previous post, there’s nothing like a face-to-face conversation. You can see their facial expressions and body language. However, on top of that, there’s just feeling of not being alone and being with people that can really help you.
Lastly, there’s food. We’ve all wanted to have that great meal or dessert. Yet, as I was recently reminded, going out – either to a favorite restaurant or even the mall – isn’t cheap. I went to the mall the other day and, between my lunch and a cup of ice cream, I spent almost $17! Seriously, that’s money I could’ve spent on something else. Besides, I also could’ve spent less money on a sandwich and a pint of ice cream.
In closing, I’ll say this: Sure, we all have short-term goals. But, what will we sacrifice in the long run by satisfying the immediate desire? Focusing on the big picture may be a pain in the you-know-what. However, slowing down can be worth it. You might even be able to “stop and smell the roses” once in a while.
Have a great day!