It seems that everyone is in a hurry. We speed through our day to get everything done on our to-do list, then we get up and do it all again the next day. Because things can happen fast we assume they should always happen fast. What’s so crazy is that we as humans have not evolved as a species to physically keep up with all the speed we have created.
How do I know this?
Because people I talk to are tired. Burning the candle at both ends tired. Tired of keeping up with their schedule. Tired of trying to keep up with the latest technology gadget, tired of saying yes when they really want to say no, and tired of being connected to everyone everywhere 24/7.
I know what that feels like. I’ve been there. I’ve filled my days so full that sleep was the only reprieve from life.
Sleep as a reprieve from life…
How healthy does that sound? It wasn’t. I can assure you. I had sleep deprivation, headaches, and gastrointestinal issues to go with my crazy busy life and it wasn’t fun.
I fell into the trap. Pushing myself harder and harder to achieve more, better, faster.
What was I trying to prove? That I could make it in the world and be a success? A success at what? Speed?
We are a nation suffering from a lack of fulfillment.
We are killing ourselves from the inside out because we are trying to find happiness outside of ourselves.
It’s no surprise that often when weekends come we want to slow down our pace, do less, sleep more. Quality overrides quantity. We have been taught that you must work really hard and drive yourself into the ground, and then you can rest. And we bought it. Thinking that’s the way it had to be done.
We all have a natural rhythm or pace that feels right for us.
We haven’t been encouraged to discover it for ourselves and follow it. Which is really a tragedy. Because when we each step out as who we are moving at our own perfect place, creativity abounds, epic stuff gets done. Time stands still.
I know this because the crowds I run in are doing exactly that. Loving their life, working at their pace, on fire, so filled up and passionate about what they are doing that their energy could light a community. They go to bed tired but fulfilled, and ready to go the next day. Not exhausted and depleted, wishing there was never an alarm to wake up to again.
I Stepped out of the fast lane.
Not only was I tired of keeping up, I couldn’t keep up. Then I decided to stop trying to keep up. I felt less tired. And the headaches went away. And the gastrointestinal issues did too. Feeling rested most mornings and invigorated by my day ahead is what lights me up. Helping people find their own natural rhythm does too.
Your Turn: What's one step you can or have taken to step out of the fast lane? Leave 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.
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