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?