I subscribe to a newsletter written by Jonathan Fields which is all about living a good life. A couple of days ago I found an email in my inbox, and it started like this: (excerpt of Jonathan’s Newsletter):
“Have you noticed, things tend to keep speeding up?
It’s a natural consequence of life. Compounded in a big way this year.
Our reaction, when that happens, is to speed up, ourselves, so we can keep up.
But, then keeping up becomes the new norm, and the firehose of pace keeps coming.
So, we cope by speeding up. Again. And, again. And, again.
At some point, we can’t handle it anymore.
Keeping up becomes blowing up.
We’re brought to our knees, forced to reckon.
What if your reaction to the quickening cycle of life was not to speed up, but to slow down?
[…] Not in a “head in the sand” way, but in a “I know what matters” way.”
How often do we commit to something because we haven’t thought about the consequences for ourselves or what matters to us? How many times do we agree to do something because it is expected of us, but is not really what rocks our boat? Each time we give away a bit of our time…
The problem with that is, it is not only the time we give away, we also give away our purpose, our fulfilment, our contentment. We become irritated, frustrated, and may even lose our energy.
So, slowing down may be the only way you discern what’s important from what’s a distraction in your life, leading to better decisions for yourself and eliminating “random” commitments.
It’s your choice, and you may be surprised by what you’ll find.