World hunger awaits us, financial trouble is on the loom, and our relationships pale in comparison to what they could be. It’s funny, that with all of this real trouble, we might make the choice to just do something less important. We might choose to play Mahjong.
It’s no disrespect to Mahjong.
It’s a fantastic game. It could be any other form of senseless action that we numb ourselves with. We face real trouble, but escape into an abyss of nothing. No solutions, only problems, but yet we wonder why things are the way they are.
Escaping from the realities of the world from time to time is important, but it cannot become the basis for what we do. With every quiet moment and opportunity to achieve something, if we run for Mahjong, we’re making a decision to prioritize Mahjong over everything else that is (or should be) more important. Family, relationships, health, wellness, growth, and more.
Checking a Facebook feed is not something to check off of a to-do list with pride, unless reading a Facebook feed is what pays the bills, in which case could lead to a different discussion. Rummaging through a Twitter feed will rarely be more important than what’s in front of you. Celebrity news, gossip, and drama, the same (if it’s even true, that is).
Too much time in escape makes us complacent, lazy, and numb. Getting away here and there is not too harmful, but it’s time to wake up. It’s time to be mindful. When our time is up there are many thoughts people might have about us. I’d rather leave the people behind me thinking about how much they miss my presence and action. Going down as the “World’s best Mahjong player” won’t be my claim to fame. It couldn’t be anyways, when it’s only between me and my cell phone.
Choose action. Better yet, choose actionable action. At least most of the time.