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Poet deVine
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0 posted 04-22-2000 01:14 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Are we expecting too much too soon? We want fast cars, fast food, faster everything..society has  a 'throw away' mentality! If something doesn't work quickly, throw it away! If you don't get served at a fast food restaurant within 5 minutes, walk out! Have we lost our patience?
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1 posted 04-22-2000 02:27 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Indeed we have lost our patience deVine.  We as a society want it now. . .and if we can't have it now. . . then we don't want it.

We wanted to drive faster, so we drove the speed limit up in most states from 55 to 70. . . and now most people drive at least 80 to 85.  We wanted faster internet access, so now we have DSL lines, and broadband and cable.  We wanted pizza in 30 minutes too, but too many delivery people were getting in accidents, so we let that one go.

I love getting in a line at a supermarket and watching the people get upset because the line isn't moving fast enough.  They complain to the store managers that they need more people or faster cashiers.  Never mind that it's 1:00 in the afternoon on Saturday and there are already 25 lines open, each one 4 ro 5 people deep!!

On the highway, if there's a place where there's construction, it's sad to watch the people in the lane that will disappear try to get in front of as many people as they can before they absolutely have to merge in with the rest of us.  (BTW, if that's you, and you're trying to get in front of me. . .don't count on it!!  You will wait)

Just because life moves fast, doesn't mean that we have to!!  Life is too short to go through it so quickly!!  Take a moment today and drive the speed limit, go the store and don't worry about how many people are in line and what else you have to do that day. . . it will get done. . . because it always does, you always get everything in. . .


There's one at the top of this message. . . did you happen to see it?


 That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

[This message has been edited by Sven (edited 04-22-2000).]
Lost Dreamer
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2 posted 04-22-2000 02:39 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Sven,Your take on this is true, and I love the way you stated it all, it took me away from a mood I was in and made me smile and for that I thank you, and the Rose is beautiful  
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3 posted 04-22-2000 03:41 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Good question Sharon..

I don't think I lost my patience, if anything I seem to have more of it but we brits just love to queue, in fact we'll form a line even when we don't have to..LOL

I do admit to driving fast though, I just love the feel of the wind in my hair, the speed and the skill at keeping your car safe...although I have to say I only drive fast in good conditions unless I'm on a speed track specifically for racing and then I just let loose..     Should have been a formula one driver..

I can't abide rudeness or discourtesy though and that will make me lose my temper..I don't mind waiting for something so long as it's for a genuine reason but I hate waiting for a damn website to patient RG.. and I love to mend broken items, like the stem that snaps off your favourite crystal glass or the broken pc...I'll have it all in bits in seconds and get totally lost in it until it's fixed...ooops, did I get off subject here...sorry..

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4 posted 04-23-2000 01:10 AM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

I think our society does expect everything right away.  Overnight shipping services to get you that important package right away guaranteed.  One stop convience stores with everything you do (and don't) need.  

And driving?  Ug, I hate those speeders... I'll be going 5 miles over the speed limit and I have people passing me that must be going at least 15 miles over.. it's nuts!  

Funny you should mention fast food... I work at a fast food restaurant.  Just the other day I had a customer yell at me becuase we were too slow.  It's obviously our fault that we're missing a person and serving 10-25 people and can't get him his food.  I'm sorry but that really aggravates me... Of course, there are people out there who take it slow and are a real pleasure to serve.

I think people need to hang loose... leave the cell phone and pager at home and go play in the park, LOL.  Take some time, have a picnic and enjoy life...

 Abrahm Simons

"...Watching fate as it flows down the path we have chose" - Trent Reznor, "We're in this Together"

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5 posted 04-23-2000 08:23 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is exactly why I hide out on Cape Cod - where live is more leisurely - away from the "rat-race" of urbania or suburbia - Give me PEACE....
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6 posted 04-24-2000 08:26 AM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

Another Great Topic

This is an instant gratification society.

But life is more fast paced then ever
before -- what with time on the net --)
one must hurry to get through through
their eating, work and their chores --)

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7 posted 05-04-2000 12:10 AM       View Profile for pen of passion   Email pen of passion   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for pen of passion

Well I didn't expect your "I Quit" post to be closed, so I'll post here, "out of synch as usual", bear with me, oh yes, now I know what you were chatting about.. you were banned in several states.  I see.  I'll guess I make my response legit (wary of others) now.  I would say indeed.  Patience is not one of my virtue.  I've learned to be impatient on the job. I am not proud of it.  
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8 posted 05-04-2000 05:37 PM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

I think we have lost both our patience, basic appreciation and gratitude for the things that God has given us, and our basic courtesy.  I'll leave it at that for now, because I don't have time for a long ramble.   Thanks for making me think for once. LOL!

 Nothing can deter a poet, for he is actuated by pure love. Who can predict his comings and goings? "Thoreau"
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9 posted 05-05-2000 12:06 AM       View Profile for Rosebud1229   Email Rosebud1229   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rosebud1229

Indeed I do believe we have lost our patience. We live in a world that is now, now , now everything so fast moving. People always in a hurry. Or could it just be that sometimes we procrastinate and wait until the last minute to do something and want it asap. Doen't make any sense. Whatever happen to just sitting out on the porch and watching the kids play. Even the kids all grow up to soon now. Everyone's in a hurry. I know now that i'm 38 i'm not in a hurry to reach 39 . lol ( now that i can slow down for)

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10 posted 05-05-2000 12:52 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

YES!  Heck I get aggrivated when my microwave takes 1 minute to heat something up! Geez, then I can laugh because I see how ridiculous it's become!
Echo Rhayne
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11 posted 05-07-2000 05:50 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Well let's see now...I am one of those people (if you want to call me a person hehe) that drives no more than 7 over the speed limit on surface streets 15 on freeway), I will go to a store and even if I only have 1-5 things I will let someone with a lot more go in front of me.  I take slow steady steps when walking.  I don't eat fast food, but I don't care how long it takes.  As far as my work is concerned, I deliver pizzas, and most the time, without speeding, I can get people their food within 30 minutes, unless we are 1 driver short, really busy and they live at the farthest end of the valley and they order soemting that takes a long time to cook...all without speeding.  I don't mind waiting for web sites to load, I just go get a drink or go to the restroom or something while it is.  I don't know, I have always had a great deal of patience.  If people around me want to be in a hurry then let them, but if someone (and where I live it happens a lot) gets agravated because I have patience and they dont, then they can kiss my big toe.  Sven's right, take time to stop and smell the roses.  ``Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew. '' - Francis de Sales   ``Our patience will achieve more than our force. '' - Edmund Burke 1729-97: Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)    ``Patience is power. With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes silk. '' - Chinese Proverb  

There is however ONE thing I am not patient with...

OH, were you um expecting me to tell you what it is?  haha, maybe later

 I'm not waving, I'm drowning!

Echo Rhayne
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12 posted 05-14-2000 06:35 PM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Why stop and smell the roses when you can drive right through them?

Sorry hear that this morning from someone and I immediately thought of this post you had here.  Ummm ok I'll shut up now

 I'm not waving, I'm drowning!

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14 posted 05-17-2000 06:26 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Honestly I don't think we were EVER patient...I think that at the rate we progressed we were impatient - it's a natural state of humanity. Actually having said that I could start a rave about hunter-gatherers and how they were probably LESS impatient than the subsequent generations who switched to agriculture...but I will spare all the agony!

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15 posted 05-17-2000 10:14 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Well Echo *patting you on the back for your patience*

We all need to take time and slow down. What is it exactly that we accomplish by rushing around everywhere?  NOTHING!
All we accomplish is getting more frustrated and aggrivated that it didn't go fast enough.

So everyone, slow down for one day and smell the roses. Here you can start with these...take a long deep breath full of fragrance  

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16 posted 05-17-2000 10:27 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

I am probably the most patient man in the entire world. And my family tells me so all the time. Trouble is, they call it procrastination...
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17 posted 05-19-2000 11:46 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

LOL Ron! I have a lot of that too  
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