I was out and about at the park last week, and while waiting for someone to arrive I was meeting, took the chance to have a seat and look up at the sky.
Man, what a sight. Blue skies, white clouds, perfect amount of sunshine.
The whole thing prompted me to gear this week’s episodic musing towards one thing: slowing down and really recognizing life.
Musings Episode 69: Slow Down…
Often times so many people have their heads down looking at their smartphones, or looking straight ahead, rarely does anyone look up anymore.
But really, when you take the time to look up – that’s when time really stops.
So often day to day life feels like such a rush, yet so often it’s merely just an illusion held together by habitual tendencies and societal norms of the “rat race.”
Rarely do people realize life goes at a leisurely pace – but like the finishing line in Ferris Bueller, if we don’t stop and look around once in a while – we could easily miss it, as at the same time, it doesn’t wait for us.
I remember there was a time when I used to work crazy hours.
I mean, 12-14 hour days. It was insane.
Then I realized I wasn’t living at all – just existing.
I wasn’t living, because I wasn’t getting a chance to actually do anything with my days. It was so bad it was interfering with my social and family life.
This was a very short period in my life where for a moment, just for a moment, somehow I let myself lose sight of the vision and get into a “rut.”
Hey – I’m not perfect – even I lose sight sometimes – but it’s all a part of keeping yourself on course.
Fortunately I woke up and realised it – in ample enough time to get back to what matters most – friends, family, and actually enjoying your life.
Aside from the instance of waiting on my friend I managed to stumble across an old movie in my collection as well (don’t judge me), “The Devil Wears Prada.”
I’d not watched it in years but decided to give it a look and by the end of it realized just how much that movie drove home the exact point I’m making in this post now.
Keep in mind, slowing down doesn’t mean becoming lazy – but instead just taking the time to notice the world around you, compared to getting so caught up in the daily routine of making/creating money and any other repetitive task.
It’s all about working to live, not the other way around…and frankly, if anyone told you we’re in this life the just waste it away 8-9 hours a day at a desk, that person deserves a slap.
Humans are so individual and are given so much free will, it’s a wonder why so few stop to take the time to enjoy that power they have.
I’d say the “rush” of daily life starts with the mind though – that gnawing feeling of always being busy with something or having something you’ve gotta do before a certain time, the nervousness of wondering if there’s anything you’ve forgotten, left out, didn’t think about.
The moment you give yourself a chance to STOP thinking – is the moment you BEGIN thinking about everything that actually matters.
Then you realize…life isn’t as busy as it seems.
It’s not as hectic as you think it is.
…and it doesn’t have to be as crazy as everyone believes it should be.
Life is about slowing down, understanding your priorities, acting on what matters most to you, cooperating with other people who have your best interest, exercising human kindness, and ENJOYING all this world has to offer.
Once your start appreciating the simpler things in life, the rest comes easy.
I guarantee it.
Hope everyone’s had a great weekend…
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