“Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward & learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.”
― John Chrysostom
Pick up your phone and have a look at it. Think about what a piece of marvel you are holding onto at the moment (with or without a good signal!). All the little components and the stupendous amount of processing power in such a small space. I tend to forget about his every now and again when the signal drops or it takes more than a millionth of second to do something. But every so often I get reminded again, that this signal or information is traveling halfway around the world and most probably to space and back. Just wait a second, you know?
Just think how amazing the first iPhone was, and yet with all the advance that the present iPhone brings, people are expecting quantum leaps with every new upgrade. The current iPhone can guide 120 million Apollo missions at the same time, or if you can remember a little computer called IBM Big Blue, the Samsung S5 has more processing power by some margin than Big Blue. It is amazing how this Big Blue behemoth was needed to win a chess game against Gary Kasparov ,arguably the best chess player the world has ever seen. Still think you can win that chess game on your phone do you?
We seem to have lost the ability to be delighted by the miracle of these everyday things. Yes, I'm aware a smart phone is a privilege to have, but all the more reason to be amazed by it.
But I still have to remember to stop and smell the roses every now and again, otherwise the extraordinary will just pass me by.
Take five minutes and observe, what everyday miracle are you taking for granted today?
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Werner du Toit
Author of "The Road is not All Uphill"