As kids growing up, we tended to think that time ran in slow motion. Time even seemed to come to a complete stop when we got bored, remember? Well, eventually, we grew into adulthood, and now time no longer drags its feet. Years seem to accelerate into decades. Yesterday, we were kids playing games. Today, we watch our children and our children’s children playing games. How did time go by so fast?
Life speeds up all on its own; it does not need any help in the speeding process by putting an insane amount of work into our work week. We have the ability to slow things down by keeping our work/life balance intact.
Life is not a race – we are often hard-pressed to think so, but in all reality it is not. We grab life at its tail when we enjoy the moment.
I understand we all have obligations and responsibilities; and stuff needs to happen to make the world go round. Well, here is the thing though: The globe spins entirely without our doing. From a strictly ecological standpoint, planet Earth would probably be better off without the human race. Just look at our ecological footprint. The world does not revolve around us. The world could very well go on without us.
The vastness of the universe also puts things into perspective. Think the Milky Way is big? It’s puny compared to M87, an elliptical galaxy 980,000 light years in diameter. The Milky Way is only 100,000 light years in diameter. We are not as big as we think we are, and maybe what we find important today turns out to be no big deal tomorrow. We need to allow ourselves to slow down to get in touch with reality.
Slowing down may not be an easy thing to do. I am currently working on it, and sometimes I fail. Just recently, I got a speeding ticket because I was racing to my next appointment. However, I have my moments when I am doing it right, and I noticed that life is much more enjoyable that way. Rushing through life takes all the fun out of it.
Do yourself a favor today: Instead of breaking the speed limit, hit the brakes. For Heaven’s sake slow down!