In countries where food is not plentiful, life is more simple, they have less of most things and people often sit in a group of friends or family and perhaps pray or say something to express their gratitude for what they have and what they are about to eat.
In other parts of the world, where food is plentiful and very often wasted, where people often sit alone to eat, the only thing that happens is people take a photo of their food and post it on Instagram for others to like. Then return to their smartphones and eat, not just consuming food but consuming yet more data.
We’re confused in our thinking that having everything equates to happiness. The people who have the least tend to have the most gratitude and joy in life and those that have it all are often unfulfilled.
So we were driving back home this evening and to while away the journey we decide to play ‘how many yellow cars?’, which is a game where you all say how many yellow cars you think that you will see before you get home? The one who is closest to their number wins. Now I am not telling this story because I won (oh and I won ‘how many Christmas trees?’ too, LOL).
No, the reason for it is, that before smartphones and tech, those were the kind of games we all played to avoid boredom, but the avoidance of boredom that involves using your own imagination and then playing something with a group of others is what leads to fun, creativity, memories and so much more than can be offered by a 6 inch glass screen that you are singularly connected to.
Get out of the tech and count yellow cars for a more fulfilling life.