Whatever happened to Sunday? Can you remember when the shops all shut early on Wednesday afternoons?
There is a tendency to look back in time with rose tinted spectacles. The words of the “Sunscreen Song” from a few years ago are quite apt.
“Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will
philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize
that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were
noble and children respected their elders.”
There is clearly a case that our anger and annoyance diminishes over time. What once set our fires burning in the past is now a flickering candle flame on the verge of being extinguished.
Whilst it is desirable not to look back with rose tinted glasses. It is important to not forget where we came from and to retain those things we held dear.
It is very easy to be irrationally angry about a subject in the heat of the moment. One of the things I do with my leadership skills when angered is to ask myself two questions.
1. How serious is this on a scale of 1-10?
2. How important will this be in 6 months?
This helps me focus and react in an appropriate way. So where is this going? I’m starting to wonder myself!
I’ve just booked four people into custody for shoplifting. Nothing odd there except it’s 1am. Supermarkets went to 24hr opening and suddenly shoplifting became a 24hr offence.
When I was a kid Sundays were quiet days. There was considerably less traffic on the roads, the shops were closed and only the pubs were open. With the advent of Sunday opening hours the weekend to me was lost. Sunday was just another weekday. I’m a Christian and Sundays are still special but you don’t have to go far to see that everywhere else the retail world is in full swing. Like lemmings the public respond to it. I know I work shifts and have days off in the week. Mon-Fri workers would only get Saturday if Sunday was a shut down day. But how did we cope before? How did we manage without mobiles? So many things become accepted as the norm that we forget how we were before the change. We can accept even less the thought of going back to it.
Everything is becoming 24/7 365. As it does the general public go with it. Either through apathy or some belief this is what we want. Normally because a swish advertising campaign has convinced you we can’t do without it. Society seems to be in a rush to get somewhere but I don’t think anyone knows where that somewhere is?
I yearn for a quieter more sedate pace of life. Life is a short journey. Remember to stop and smell the flowers along the way.
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