We hear talk about the microwave mentality, but today’s kids don’t even want to wait for the microwave... they want instant. We should teach them in our relationships, in our faith, and in education how to go back to the roots and see how the instant life they enjoy had to be processed. Show them to build things and they will build themselves.
"Build your own (insert bundle)" has been a marketing ploy to us to say "select the products you want to buy from us." We can re-brand it to say “do the work yourself and build it from the ground up.”
We take for granted the seeds that are in the limited fruits and vegetables that we consume. Little thought goes into the fact that that seed can produce fruit that will produce more seeds. Then and only then are we able to teach the true meaning of back to the roots. Ask someone in their 20’s if brussel sprouts gown on trees, ask them if pumpkins grow on a bush or blueberries grow in patches, you will be amazed. People have become accustomed to things coming off of shelves and not used to seeing things evolve and grow through processes.
A few easy to do things are build a camera it is a kit that allows you to put together a camera. Seek understanding of where things come from and u can put together anything. You can create energy by making a battery you can create life by growing a garden or even nurturing a relationship. You have the power to build things rather than expect things to come to you already built.
Take pride in your creations. It will give you the confidence to create more. We love to be seen, heard, tweeted, re-tweeted and for our posts to be shared and liked, but we are often posting things we did not create. We’ve become imitations of people that we imitate. Take time to show what you have created from the ground up. Plant a seed and take care of it. Build a project and ask for help with it. Nurture a friendship by encouraging others to participate with you.
When you share what you have created, you have moved from being just a consumer of goods to a producer. You have connected with being the source of life and the source of inspiration. If you grow fruit in your garden, share it with a neighbor, friend, co-worker it may encourage them to grow their own. This is the true meaning of sustainability! As you share the things you have made, you become an asset to the people you chose to share it with.
After building, showing, and sharing there are new things that you can create through following the same process. The participation in this growth will help combat the microwave mentality. It will help slow down the instant lives of today’s kids and it will ultimately empower individuals to control what they have been consuming.