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Instant Gratification… so sexy

What’s the worst exchange you’ve ever made with someone?

I once traded a Fleer Ultra Shaquille O’Neal rookie card . . .

for a pack of pogs.

This has got to be one of the worst trades ever made by a middle-schooler in the history of the world.  Shaq will go down as one of the greatest basketball players that ever lived.  His rookie card will be worth thousands, possibly millions one day!

The pogs.  A very short-lived fad at the time, are now virtually worthless.  I probably threw them away a few months after making this trade.

We do regretful things like this all the time in the name of following what is hot for the moment.  Some may call this the flavor of the week, or a trend, but it is more accurately described as instant gratification.

I want it now.  I need it now.

Instant gratification and foresight are mortal enemies. It’s also on really bad terms with common sense, patience, discipline, and perspective.

Its buddies however, are selfishness, destruction, deception, and regretful weight gain.

The way to neutralize and even combat instant gratification?  Let’s try delayed gratification.

The delay buys you some time to think and saves you from potential heartbreak, loss of money, love handles, an extra-marital affair, or the regret of springing for the iPad 2 when you could have waited for the iPad 3 when it comes out with retina display and 50 more cool points.

Instant seems sexy right now but it probably doesn’t age well.  Delayed keeps it cool in the corner and hopes you’ll join him as he gets better with time.  Like fine wine, baby.

Seriously, where’s the harm in waiting every once in a while?  Let’s try it . . .

Have you ever been lured by the charms of Instant Gratification? Did you come out a winner or are you still dealing with the repercussions?


4 responses

  1. I still have my pogs somewhere..

    April 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  2. How about Hanley Ramirez his breakout year for Jose Valverde & Edgar Renteria…or Carlos Gonzalez his breakout year for Francisco Liriano… One year desperate for saves and another year desperate for K’s… I’m gonna get u back Andres! Delayed gratification style

    April 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

  3. annyongbunny10

    I know what you totally mean, sometimes the things that look super awesome right now kind of end up hurting u later in the long run.

    It’s thoughts samethings/mistakes that make u in to a stronger and more human in the end.

    For me it was love ^^

    I think this lent gods been teaching me how to wait instead of just rushing in after it.

    It’s challenging but kind of fun at the same time.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

  4. DK

    @jeff – let’s play! i kinda wish i still had my slammers…

    @abe – i think that makes no sense to people outside of you and me! but i’m glad you applied it to our exclusive context!

    @bunny – i think there are times when you definitely need to just “go for it”, sometimes on impulse… but many times, when we challenge ourselves to wait, the “gratification” lasts a little longer…

    April 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm

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