We currently live in a world of convenience. Meaning that nearly any thing our heart desires can be acquired right away.
Between shopping centers, fast food restaurants, the hundreds of productivity apps, and ecommerce we don’t have to travel far and wide to attain something or handle personal tasks.
Craving tacos? Well you could go through the process of cooking up your own but what about clean up and time spent?
Never mind all that when we can make a trip to a taco stand or Taco Bell.
Perhaps you need to update your calendar. We can sit down and write all our events out on a physical calendar or we can take seconds to type in our event on our favorite calendar app.
With dating apps, we can also find a date for the night or even a life partner.
This is only a few examples of the mass amounts of things that have been made convenient to our everyday lives.
Convenience has been an underlying driving force behind how we fulfill our desires and make our decisions.
When we are sick we can easily make a trip to the drug store, or even the gas station and never have to make a doctor’s appointment.
If we need to send a message to someone we no longer have to sit down and handwrite that message.
All we have to do is send an email or text message from our devices. So, we can see that convenience is not all bad.
However, because our lives are surrounded by this convenience we are subconsciously conditioned to it in more pertinent matters like learning, job seeking, relationships, and personal growth.
What this convenience has done is instilled instant gratification in us. We tend to want change right away. Which in matters like the aforementioned, one cannot receive results as quickly and easily.
Learning something can take hours if not weeks; and to master that thing can take years.
Acquiring a job can take months of following up and due diligence depending on the job field you are going into.
Although you may find a date tonight, it may take years for two people to harmoniously fuse together given the complexity of each individuals character, background, and values.
The life long process of personal growth in itself contradicts convenience.
Our inclination for instant gratification in more significant matters is where we begin to underappreciate incremental progress because convenience tends to accommodate itself where it has no place.
Convenience serves a great purpose in acquiring medicine from a drug store or food from a grocery store.
On the other hand, there is no convenient way to find a life partner, land the job you always wanted, or fulfill one’s potential.
Significant matters require significant effort and convenience does not compliment in this way.
It is step by step, incremental progress to achieve a desire that resonates with a person for the duration of their life.
It is also worth mentioning that besides instant gratification is our lack of value for things that are intangible.
When we can’t experience something with our five senses we tend to disregard it.