My brother is a fan of instant coffee. He has one every morning and in his kitchen cabinet, there are at least 3 bags of instant coffee sachets of different variety all the time – white coffee, low sugar coffee, caramel flavoured coffee, brand A or brand B, and the list goes on.
One day I asked him why does he like these instant coffees and if he knew how do these instant coffee comes about.
“They taste good, and I just need to add hot water. Wouldn’t care about the rest”
I remember drinking one of these every other day when I was on shift work and needed to stay awake in the wee hours when mostly everyone else is sleeping in their cosy bed. Nowadays, coffee comes in the form of coffee machines, where you can just purchase the capsules that give you the flavours you want. No more waiting in line and spending over $4 for a cup of coffee each day for your daily caffeine.e Interestingly, the global instant coffee market revenue is expected to reach USD42.5 billion by 2025 from the USD28.12 billion in 2016. Like my brother, many of us just needed the quick fix and often don’t care how the product comes about.
Quick Fix Can be Detrimental
The problem comes when we noticed he’s putting on a lot weight, growing horizontally. Although my brother is in a physically demanding job, which means he gets to sweat fairly much, his tummy is growing in size.
Many of us wanted the quick fix without considering the long term effects, which may be extremely detrimental in our health or well-being. The amount of bad ingredients in processed food such as the sugar, fats, artificial flavouring or colouring ingredients which I don’t even know how to pronounce them, are enough to cause one’s decline in health, no matter how much exercise one does. The surest way of improving your health is to watch what you put into your mouth. But that requires determination, self-discipline and the time to prepare the better food.
Letting Things Be… At Least for Now
If I have an urgent problem, I want it fixed almost immediately. But when I have a problem with something that doesn’t seem as urgent, I still want it fixed almost immediately!
That’s when I face anxiety, frustrations and constantly putting my mind into the future instead of enjoying the present. I can’t recall how many times I experienced a build-up of frustrations from waiting in line for my coffee, wanting the person in front of me to walk faster, paying more for that earlier delivery even though I don’t really need all of the items at once or aggressively pushing a client for the sales order only to regret almost immediately.
I believe I am not the only one, because I do see many of “me” from within the office or in the streets.
Whenever I browse through some newsfeed online, I always come across some advertisements that say “Get rich immediately!“, “How I got from rags to multi-millionaire“, “Earn income without doing anything!“. Sometimes the curiosity got the better of me and I went on to listen to what these people have to say, only to end up with the price tag of over $3k to get into what they call their “secret recipe“.
“You can’t produce a baby in one month by making nine women pregnant” – Warren Buffett
One of the world’s richest man is always so wise with his words. Time is an essence and we often neglect that, because who wouldn’t want that instant riches or the quick fix to our problems? But would these make us any happier, if during the process we lost more than before?
Sometimes we felt that we have done the best of our abilities and yet, things don’t come our way. We feel disheartened, we feel like giving up. We may enter into some dodgy schemes or meeting people who appears to be the light to our problems, only to have them stepping over us and making us feel worse than before. We then blame ourselves for our stupidity or how naive we can be. We turn aggressive and distrusting, even to friends who are straightforward with us, just because they really do care.
If you are like me, I believe sometimes we just need a little bit of patience. That extra faith that things will work out eventually, that our best efforts may not always be enough or our most genuine beliefs may somehow be flawed.
That’s all part of growing.
“Patience doesn’t mean making a pact with the devil of denial, ignoring our emotions and aspirations. It means being wholeheartedly engaged in the process that’s unfolding, rather than ripping open a budding flower or demanding a caterpillar hurry up and get that chrysalis stage over with” – Sharon Salzberg
Do what you can, the best of what you can, and let the universe decide the rest. Hope all’s well to my readers and God bless you!