When you go fast, the scenery blurs as it goes by. Life is the same. The faster you go, the less you actually see. People are always wondering why time flies by. This is one of the reasons, and the other is directly related... when you are rushing to and fro, your brain becomes addicted to racing thoughts. When you're in this state of being, it's hard to discern between what's really important and what you're being told is important by other people (usually to benefit their own agendas!)
Ever look for something only to find it right in front of you? Your brain sees the object, but doesn't stop long enough to confirm what is being seen. Just passes over it and keeps looking elsewhere. This is nature saying it's time to slow down.
It's hard to get your life back under control because external influences and forces set expectations that foster staying revived up. Those are false voices that should be banished to exile.
I started this blog because I wanted someplace to explore simple truths of life, and what I've learned over these years is I had it right -- simplifying is the key to a happy, successful and fully lived life.
I love the concept of Tiny Houses for just this reason. People are purging stuff they don't really need and are living simplified lives that allow them both time and money to enjoy their lives. We all don't need to delimit our living space to capture the same principles. Here are some steps I've taken that seem to work well for me:
- Set aside time each day to reflect on the day - what occurred, how it felt, who you interfaced with, your feelings about the day. In this way, you are purposely taking time to ensure each day is recognized, not just left to pass unnoticed.
- Keep a journal with your daily reflections. Writing requires thoughtful review and construction of those reflections, which exercises the mind in different ways to naturally slow the thought process and allow creativity to emerge.
- Get an hour to yourself. Best to go someplace that's peaceful, but anywhere that enables you to let go of the everyday activities and reset is good.
- Talk with someone who knows you well. Tell this person what you're experiencing as you draw back from overdrive existence. Check in with this person regularly to see if they notice any changes in how you're feeling and acting. This is an important part of the process as we usually are too critical of our own self.