If you listened to Carl Honore’s TED talk on the blog last week about slowing down, then it’s a perfect segway into what I’ll be talking about today. If you didn’t and want to hear it, click here. But don’t worry; you don’t need to hear it to follow what I’m talking about today. The first time I read Mr. Honore’s book titled In Praise of Slowness, I was fixated on all he had to say. Why? Because he was speaking directly to me. It doesn’t happen often that I read a book that speaks directly to my core, but his did.
You see, the world has always moved too fast for me. For a long time I tried to keep up. Get my college degree in 4 years, see this many patients per day in my Physical Therapy practice or in my counseling practice, multi-task until I didn’t know if I was coming or going. I tried so hard. The harder I tried, the more tired, anxious, and overwhelmed I felt. I hated coming home from a hectic work pace, trying to relax, only to go back to that crazy pace the next day. I dreaded going to work on Monday morning the second I left it on Friday afternoon. My body also gave me all sorts of physical symptoms in the form of headaches and gastrointestinal issues. Not healthy!!!
I knew my own natural pace and rhythm didn’t fit that of our western society. Not at all. I finally decided to put my foot down and accept the part of me that not only couldn’t keep up, but the part of me that didn’t want to keep up. I’m tired of instant gratification, tired of a mile long to-do list, tired of cramming in more in less time, of darting from one thing to the next.
But how does one survive without trying to keep up?
I decided to find out. I stopped doing all those things I couldn’t do anyway. I started saying no when I already had a full plate. I stopped caring what others thought of me. I prioritized my to-do list and only did what I could reasonably do in a day. I stopped rushing from one thing to the next and multi-tasking to the hilt.
And guess what happened? I didn’t get left behind at all. Everything worked out in the perfect time frame. Everything got done. My stress level dropped close to zero. I now feel calm, peaceful, and relaxed most days and most of the time on those days. This I believe is more of what life is meant to be. My internal life rhythm seems to already flow like the natural rhythm of mother nature. I just need to listen and follow. She’s more my speed. Not rushed, not hurried, everything in the perfect time.
I stand for slowing down.
Our planet simply cannot sustain the speed we’ve adopted. It affects the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of all of us. I not only want our planet to be around for future generations. I want each of us to be able to enjoy it now. Live sustainably. With more peace. Not just between people and nations, but within ourselves.
In the next several months, my website, my blog posts, and my coaching will begin to reflect this idea of slowing down and living a life filled with meaning, without all the stress. I’m not sure what it’s going to look like or how it’s all going to work but that’s the direction I’m headed. And I wanted to let you know.
I hope you’ll join me if this resonates with you.
Slow down today for a better today… and a better tomorrow!
Does slowing down resonate with you? Join the conversation on the blog by leaving a comment below, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am grateful to be able to spend some time with you virtually today. Thank you.
As always, take from here what works for you, share with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest you can leave behind.