*…You've Got to Make the Morning Last."
From “Feeling Groovy,” a Simon & Garfunkel song
Some years ago my father marveled at a new photo developing shop that boasted they will have your film developed and prints made in an hour. Across the street a competitor sprouted, making the same promise but in fifty-nine minutes.
The days of bringing the film in and waiting for it to come back in a week were gone.
Two months later, yet another camera place said they’d get your order ready in thirty minutes.
“What will they think of next?” my father gasped. “Maybe some sort of instant service? Your photos are visible as soon as you take them?”
Yup, he was onto something. The age of digital photography was not far behind.
“Maybe the next thing will be printed photographs before you had a chance to take them,” my father quipped. “You just had to think about taking the picture… .”
Not quite there, father. But I should not find it shocking. You are not here to witness, but your sense that the world was speeding up was spot-on before. Maybe after the mind-reading cameras, ones will be made to let you know what was on your mind before you even thought it. Ha!
Or maybe we’d re-discover the virtue of slowing down, savoring, and yes, even waiting for what’s worth waiting for. What a revolutionary idea.