Tell me if this sounds familiar: “In these days of ‘time-saving conveniences’ that actually do little to provide us with more free time, we often find ourselves struggling to fit even more into our day …” which usually results in becoming so hurried, many of us approach feeling frenzied more times than we’d like to admit.
Does that resonate with you? Do you get wiggly when you discover some ‘unscheduled time’ in your day – do you feel guilty about just sitting and enjoying your surroundings, instead of always striving to ‘go’ and ‘do’? Do you think of resting as ‘wasted time’?
Time could well be our most valuable personal treasure. What is the quality of the Time you invest in those you care about? Do they get the ‘left-overs’ from your very busy day? Or do you consciously set time aside to relax and enjoy your loved ones, and let them enjoy you? Do you live life at such a pace that you find yourself driving too fast, eating too fast, hurrying from one thing to the next? Is it all becoming too much of a blur?
What About Now? …
Would now be a good time to adopt more of an unhurried lifestyle? Imagine how different your life would be. Living an unhurried life brings a peaceful change to everything you do, every experience you have – imagine, for example, moving along in congested traffic and not developing a knot in your stomach or gritting your teeth, but instead taking advantage of the opportunity to look around and appreciate the view of your surroundings … surroundings that ordinarily you would pass by without a moment’s focus. Or picture yourself not constantly checking your watch to determine whether you’re ‘on time’ or ‘running late’ … and instead, staying present in the moment of where you are and what you’re doing. We often miss the pleasure of what we’re currently doing because, subconsciously, we’ve already moved on to anticipating the next thing on our list. Is that something you can relate to?
Mechanical clocks were invented by Benedictine monks in order to remind them to pray and be reflective. Some years later, a German prince came upon these clocks and decided they would be an efficient tool for keeping his society regulated, so he had one placed in the centre of town – and society has been ruled by clocks and time passage ever since. The net result of this has led to an ever increasing life of Hurry, Hurry and more Hurry.
Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry from Your Life …
Imagine what your day would feel like if you were to reduce or eliminate Hurry from your life. Here are but a few benefits:
- You’ll listen better and hear more
- You’ll have higher productivity with greater focus
- You’ll become a calmer person
- You’ll become kinder, more gentle and more forgiving
- You’ll experience greater patience and a deeper sense of inner peace
- You’ll remain more present in every moment
Other sublime benefits of an unhurried life include a more relaxed, lower stressed state of being, more time to develop a natural curiosity of your life and surroundings, and often a greatly improved level of health for a longer life – in other words, a higher quality of life in every aspect.
While it may not be possible to eliminate every stressor from your life, most of us would significantly benefit from at least reducing the Hurry that seems to relentlessly chase us. That old saying, “stop and smell the roses” may have an indistinct origin, but its meaning is crystal clear – time isn’t found, it’s made … and if you don’t make time to enjoy this moment in time, it will be forever lost in a sea of successive moments until that day when the approaching moments cease – and then, it will be too late.
… so while you consider this, remember to enjoy the good stuff in Life.