If you live in the west, you may have noticed that our culture tends to be a little manic. The phrase “multi-tasking” simply puts a name to a condition western society has embraced as a virtue rather than something long-lasting and of critical importance.
Society rewards hard work, doesn’t it? While we may get an occasional pat on the back, we need to stop for a moment and consider the deeper impact of “over doing.” We need to look past the incessant message that we need to do more.
Most of us know the truth. There is nothing so important that we need to drive ourselves to our mental and physical limits. The problem is that even though our logical mind sees the truth, we justify our mania through some form of a story. “If we don’t do this, no one will.” “My company will fail if I don’t perform.” Sound familiar?
It seems sometimes, for me anyway, that we can get so busy that we lose touch with our own life, viewing it like a spectator watching someone else’s life. The years roll on and the stress of living piles up like a mountain of sharp rocks. Stress brings on maladies of every kind; anxiety, depression, illness, etc… You get the point.
This is a problem that will not fix itself. We need to take a time out just for ourselves on a regular basis. I can guarantee you that the world will keep turning while you give yourself a reprieve. If it stops while you’re gone, you have bigger concerns anyway.
You, like many, may be going through tough times right now. Events that are out of our control seem to be controlling our lives. We do not know what lies ahead, we can only stay focused in the present moment knowing that others have gone through tough times, emerging still intact in the end.
Soon enough, no matter how hard we push ourselves, no matter how much we fret and worry, we will die. Will we greet the end with a peaceful smile, remembering the moments where everything seemed right or will we be thinking about something we did not get done? Think about that!