Recently, we had a chance to slow down and just enjoy our lives. It was a much needed respite.
We had been working on two big publications that required constant vigilance in design and in coordination of materials needed.
We had everything done by the deadline which was on a Friday. Then on Saturday, we noticed the need to change an item. Luckily, we were able to adjust the copy in time for printing on Monday.
Not long ago we read a post by an anonymous 78.4 year-old man, which inspired us to write this post, here is a brief excerpt:
“Even at my age, I can feel the pressure to pack my life full of activity and maximize my time by doing all I can…All this busy ness has overloaded our minds.
We walk around with the nagging sense that there’s something we forgot to do. Or we feel guilty when we actually do take time to do nothing…
There’s just no rest, no sense of completion. Ever. We go on living as if there’s nothing wrong with this system!”
Our smart phones have become our best friends. Last night we were out to dinner with one of our favorite people. He is in town for work, and we have not seen each other since June. At one point, he felt compelled to check his email…”oh good, he sighed, nothing pressing.”
There was a time when, we would have felt that it was rude to check your emails, while enjoying the company of friends, now we take it for granted, as if this is the natural progression of life in the 21st century.
Is it not odd that we have gotten to the point that the government had to step in to create a law prohibiting us from texting or using a hand held phone while driving?
Auto and smart phone technology has stepped up and created “safe” ways of continuing to talk on the phone while driving, as well as sending verbal emails and texts.
Have we become like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, singing, “I’m late/I’m late/For a very important date./No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”/I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.
There is no question that speed can be exhilarating. The key is to remember that you are in control of the accelerator. Having the certainty that you can slow down or speed up at will can actually help you enjoy your life more!
For fast acting relief, try slowing down
We are always getting ready to live but never living
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
There’s more to life than increasing its speed
See you at the beach!
Ron & Alexandra