Here in the States, there is a commercial on TV that shows people yelling “It’s my money, I want it now.” If only it was that simple. Instant gratification seems to be taking the land by storm. Remember when we only had “snail mail” and it took a week to get a reply from a letter? Then email showed up and we could get a same day delivery. Then came texting and the dreaded question of “Why won’t you respond? I sent you a text 30 seconds ago.” Yep, we expect quicker results. Quality is sub-standardized now. And why not, everything is disposable. Why should quality matter? I can just go buy a new one if the old one breaks. Right? Would that apply to the safety harness that your son or daughter is wearing? Suddenly quality comes back into light.
I have worked hard on slowing down. My whole childhood I was taught to hurry up, you’re going to be late, stop straggling. I continued this pace when I got out on my own. Work, eat, sleep, repeat was my schedule. Then one day I stopped and asked myself, “What would happen if I stopped? What if I wasn’t in the grind? Would the machine stop?” No, the machine will find a replacement and keep on grinding. At that point of my life I felt disposable. I was working hard. I was keeping pace, I was surpassing my quotas. For what? To break my body? What good is a retirement if I can’t enjoy it because I’m broken? Keeping a fast pace will break us. We should slow down and take care of ourselves. Nobody is going to do it for us. I am not disposable. I am quality. I am not quantity. And the same applies to you.
Take the time to slow down and enjoy life. Life is easy, people make it difficult. Stop, and take the time to look around. Enjoy the scenery. While driving to work, slow down and look around. You will notice something new. Your stress will go down as well. People who are calm and relaxed are not tense and fidgety. There are times that a good fast pace is needed, but not all of the time. Learn to be more patient. Live life by the hour, then learn to live it by the minute. Are you tense right now? Are your teeth clenched? By placing the tongue slightly in between our front teeth, we can actually feel the jaw muscles relax more. Everything will happen on it’s own pace. If we hurry we won’t miss it. If we take our time we won’t miss it either. Plan to be slower. It may sound strange. “Won’t we produce less if we slow down?” Yes, but our quality will be better. And in the end, aren’t we all looking for a better quality of life?
Thank you for taking the time to read, and may we always take the time to stop and smell the roses.