One of the biggest challenges many of us face is the tendency to become overextended. We sometimes schedule so many things that that they collide and conflict with each other. In fact, we may find that we are unable to engage ourselves completely in any one of them. Maybe it is time to slow down a little. Maybe the road to success is not based on how fast we get there, but by how much we learn through the experience. It seems counter intuitive, but maybe the way to move forward is to take some time to stand still.
I love the following statement by legendary conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein:
Stillness is our most intense mode of action. It is in our moments of deep quiet that is born every idea, emotion, and drive, which we eventually honor with the name of action. Our most emotionally active life is lived in our dreams, and our cells renew themselves most industriously in sleep. We reach highest in meditation and farthest in prayer. In stillness, every human being is great….
As the holiday season begins, take a few moments now to consider your own life. Do you find yourself running from place to place, never having the time to fully enjoy the benefits of any one area of your life? I have often noticed that when a driver dangerously weaves in and out of traffic in his rush to get wherever he is going, I find him sitting at the next light, no further ahead than the rest of us and probably very unsatisfied with his progress. I urge you to pace yourself through the coming days of fellowship, joy, and celebration. Rest well, allow time to rejuvenate, don’t clog the days with activity, prioritize, and simplify. Take time to focus on and be fully in the moment and relish the reason for coming together. Take a few moments to inhale deeply and remember to exhale slowly. Give yourself the gift of being fully present in your own life each and every day.
Don’t let your own life pass you by in a flurry of activity!
I Care, Barb