Your Little Monkey

“We’ve become so addicted to instant gratification that we’re blind to the impact it has on our lives.” – Frank Sonnenberg   I love the time living in this time where we have so many opportunities and modern conveniences available to us. I love that when I’m in a hurry I can reheat leftovers in the microwave and have dinner done in a matter of minutes. I love that I can whip out my phone and get the weather forecast in less than 10 seconds. I love that when I realize I’m out of something I can hit a button on my Amazon app and it gets delivered to my front porch! We live in this amazing time and I’m so grateful for it but there is a downside to this way of life as well. We get so used to this way of life that we start feeling entitled to having everything fast, instant, and easy. The more we think this way and practice feeling that way, the more we invite our little “monkey” into our lives. This monkey is a concept born of Tim Urban in a Ted talk (link HERE). He illustrates that we all have a portion of our brains that thinks rationally and knows the greater good. But then we also have this “monkey”, this “instant gratification monkey” that wants what it wants when it wants it! This monkey only lives in the present moment. It has no concept of the greater good, of “later”, of working towards something or constraint by any means. This monkey is focused on fun and easy. This monkey shows up when we go to Target and we walk by that rack of cute tops and it screams, “WE MUST HAVE THAT NOW!” Our monkey is much louder than our … Continue reading Your Little Monkey