Why is it that you’re rushing all the time?

When was it that you took on the idea that time is scarce in this way? Surely, that’s not the way it was when you first arrived in the world.

Can you see the consequences of doing all your work and living your life as if there’s never enough time available for you? For your colleagues? Your family? How long can this go on before it causes you and others harm? What harm is it doing already?

What would happen if you cultivated an understanding of how long things really take, and then acted on it, rather than trying to squeeze everything in?

You might have to slow down.

You might have to breathe.

You might even have to stop occasionally.

Maybe then you could give up the constant stream of inner criticism (you weren’t efficient enough, diligent enough, capable enough), and your matching judgement of others when they don’t meet your punishing standards. Maybe you could give your body the rest and nurture that’s needed to do anything well. Maybe you’ll find that the quality of your work, your art, your contribution improves beyond your imagining. Your relationships too.

Maybe this would also make it possible for you to lead others in a way that’s not only sustainable but life-giving.

We’ve built a world based on the idea that faster is always better, and that however fast we go is never fast enough. And we’ve bought it. But while this account promises us more of what we think we want, it robs us of being in contact with ourselves, with others, and with life.

And given that life is the source of all your endeavours, isn’t it time you looked again at the way you’re going about things?

Perhaps you’ll find that there’s just time enough for everything that really matters to happen.

[Here’s a beautiful poem by Robert Bly, ‘Things to Think’, that points in to what I’m saying]

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