Friday, September 13, 2013

Quality vs. Quantity

We live in an age of quantity. Society shapes us with the notion that larger, faster, and more are often synonymous with better. They tell us that we need to find more time, more possessions, and more love to be truly happy. A smaller quantity of anything high in quality will almost always be more satisfying. A single piece of our favorite chocolate or a spoon full of fresh preserves can satisfy us more than a bucket full of anything that we don't particularly like. Similarly, one fulfilling experience can eclipse many empty moments strung together. It is not the quantity of time that matters, but the quality of each moments experience. Every minute is an opportunity to love yourself and others, develop confidence and self-respect, and exhibit courage.

When you focus on quality, all your life experiences can be sweeter and more meaningful.  A few hours of deep, restful slumber will leave you feeling more refreshed than a whole night’s worth of frequently interrupted sleep. A few minutes spent with a loved one sharing details about family and friends can carry more meaning than two hours spent mindlessly watching television.

Whenever we spend more time in the pursuit of quantity we can cheat ourselves of quality. The quality of a moment can also supersede quantity when you are experiencing such things as hugs, kisses, and love. If given the chance to choose, most would pick a a single, heartfelt grin rather than a lifetime of empty smiles. Ultimately, it is not how much you live or have or do but what you make of each moment that counts.

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