John Meyer

During a conversation with a friend the other day the subject of how busy and fast life is now, other than how it used to be. I can certainly relate to that as well as the rest of you, regardless of politics, religion, or personal preferences concerning life. We are busy – even if you don’t work and are retired. 

I try to imagine how my life would have been if, when I was a young man, there had been so many things to cause my attention to wander from what I was supposed to do. My mother was explicit in my responsibilities: stay out of trouble, get adequate grades in school, and don’t embarrass her. The easiest way to stay in her good graces was to make sure I minded my manners. In those days, without social intervention, my mother would find out all about my actions before I even got home, and I could tell by a “look” how my day was going to be. I suppose I was a pretty good kid and I tried to take that reputation with me throughout life.

Early in my childhood I figured out that I could be in trouble, or not, by the choice I made in a situation. I eventually learned not to throw a temper tantrum by the time I was two, or so my mother said. I believed her. She said that when she finally had enough of my bad behavior, her life became more peaceful because then “the look” was all that was necessary. I would imagine that most of you can relate to that learning experience.

My friend really was on a roll, complaining about how her text messages seemed to take so much of her time, how Facebook monopolized the computers, and we didn’t even get into twitter or LinkedIn. 

We are all part of the information age and I really don’t have another way to describe it. News travels around the globe in seconds and before we have time to digest the latest information, we are besieged with even more. 

When the British Army left New York, after surrendering to General Washington, the British Army Band played “The World Turned Upside Down”. I think that if they could see what is happening now that generation would really be perplexed. 

I am not surprised anymore when I see a seven or eight-year-old walking around with a cell phone, texting. Everyone else is texting, so why not – we learn from our elders and texting is not even the tip of the iceberg.

I think that everything comes down to choices. We choose to spend hours on the computer, texting, or various other methods to entertain us. 

I can’t believe some of the outlandish things I hear and read about, and I’m concerned that craziness is becoming the new normal. 

Whenever someone talks about how busy they are I wonder what all is involved in their lives. We choose to be busy, frustrated, or anxious about an uncertain future. 

Being old and retired, it is easy for me to limit my interaction with others and if you are in business, and younger (as most of you are younger than me) it may not be so easy because your values are different. 

When you are feeling overwhelmed and pushed into a corner in which you feel trapped, then I suggest unloading some of the activities you are associated with. I certainly do not advocate striking church off your list of activities and if you don’t go, then I suggest adding a good church to your lives.

God bless all of you. God bless Charlton County, Georgia and the USA.

You can reach John Meyer at jfmgator@windstream.net.