The Long And The Short of Living Longer, Better

Take a Long-Term View

Always having something to look forward to is one of the recognised ways of adding years to our lives. And no one can rule what that something is. Sometimes, however, short-term views can get in the way of a long-term ones that can hinder living a longer, better life.

So there are sometimes when taking longer-term views can be a better alternative, particularly if you’ve lived long enough. Chances are you will have found that:

• In the short term, there’s never seems to be enough time; yet in the long term, ‘things’ seem to happen that eliminate any need for worry or concern.

• In the short term, we may think that we can fool anyone; yet in the long term, someone always finds out.

• In the short term, we might be impressed by the amount of time we’ve saved by taking short cuts; yet in the long term, we spend most of our time ‘paying’ for taking those short cuts.

• In the short term, decisions seem more urgent: yet in the long term, most decisions seem easy to make.

• In the short term, we tend to panic and obsess on emergencies and urgencies; yet in the long term, emergencies soon lose their urgency.

• In the short term, gaining attention might seem like the BIG deal: yet in the long term, doing things our way is a more important quality.

• In the short term, hoping that there will always be someone else who will clean up any problems occurring because of our actions (or inactions); yet in the long term, taking responsibility for what we do (or don’t do) is the way forward.

• In the short term, it might seem easier to go with the flow; yet in the long term, steady as she goes has much to recommend it.

• In the short term, trying to tear people down may seem like the way to get ahead; yet in the long term, building relationships that last is much better way.

• In the short term, seeking the approval of others might be appealing; yet in the long term, spending time with people we love and doing work that matters to us is what really matters.

• In the short term, ‘selling our soul’ might have some appeal; yet in the long term, ourselves and the environment in which we live must take pride of place.