The times we live in are
amazing. We are such a fast paced society reinforced by limitless technology.
We’re able talk to people half way around the world via a computer the size of
our palm or by a pocket sized phone we text with in one hand while driving with
From fast food in five minutes, dinner microwaved in ten, to coffee
brewers for our cars, most of us aren’t left wanting for instant conveniences.
(Personally, I’m waiting for chocolate air) One of my favorite questions I get
asked at book signings is, “When do you find time to relax?” The answer is
simple, I don’t find time, I make time – or I lose all creativity.
Like many of you, I
get caught up in what I like to call the drive though rush mentality – the
ultimate hurry up and wait drama. It begins to wear on me over time and eventually
I start to find it hard to distinguish between things that aren’t really
important versus things that truly are..
I travel a lot and it only compounds
this false sense of urgency. This everyday relentless hustle and bustle has
become the norm for all of us to include our kids.
Gee…Do I really
need to answer those twenty emails, or should I see what the family is up to
tonight? We’ve become so interconnected that in some ways were disconnected
from the things that matter most. I’m first in line to confess…
I’m sure there are those of you who enjoy the pace and aren’t bothered by it in
the least. But I know there are mortals out there who can sympathize with me… So,
I answer my favorite question something like this -“When I sense the lines
of importance blurring I take time out. More often than not, I take time out
anyway. I’ve formed a habit of making myself slow down.”
Turn off the television,
and cell phone, unplug your computer and get back to basics. Time out doesn’t have
to be an extravagant vacation in Rio. Take a
walk – Read a good book – Laugh – Try being bored! You’d be amazed at the results if you just
give it a try. Not just one time, but form a positive habit. Our children emulate what
we do. You could really help them relieve stress now, and into adulthood by showing them how to put on
the brakes and rediscover simplicity.