Week 19 – In the blink of an eye

Did you know that sometimes we blink without realising it? This is because it is very fast. The blink of an eye lasts between 100 and 150 milliseconds, and we blink 15 to 20 times a minute- too fast, don’t you think? This speed can be used as a metaphor these days: when people use the expression “in the blink of an eye”, they mean that this or that was done very quickly. We live our lives according to the principle of “snap”, or rather of “I want it now”. Have you ever seen weight loss advertising? Lose 5 kilos in a week! Or learn Spanish in 30 days. Or become a millionaire in a few days. All these advertisements are tempting to us, because we live in a time when people want everything yesterday, they do not want to wait even a little bit.

Sometimes we need to understand that we can’t have everything we wish for at the time we want it. Like sending an email and expecting the answer in a minute. Or starting a new course and wanting to know everything on the first day. Today, technology gives us access to a variety of online services with incredible speed. Every day companies are investing in faster deliveries- the famous “next day delivery” service. This is because the demand for this service is increasing. We make a purchase over the Internet today and we want our product the next day. Or even when we are using our computer or mobile phone, we want to open thousands of pages at the same time, we want to talk on Skype, send text by Whatsapp, and still see e-mails, all at the same time, because “we want everything now.” We must learn to have more patience to wait for things. If you want to lose weight, change your diet and start exercising: the results will come. If you want to learn a new language, dedicate as much time to it as possible. Learn that there are no results in a blink of an eye; be more committed to your goals, and more patient. Respect other people’s time.

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