“The day you stop racing is the day you win the race.” – Bob Marley
For many of us, the sound of our morning alarm is like a starting pistol. We hop out of bed, race through our morning routine, and jet to our computers. Between commitments and tasks, appointments and emails, the average day can feel like a sprint.
We are told the faster we go, the more we will get done. But eventually, this chaotic pace will leave us stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted. When we rush mindlessly, we tend to miss details, make mistakes, and fail to enjoy the process.
A little over 2 months ago, my girlfriend and I were driving from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park, about a 3 hour drive. Rather than choosing to slow down and marvel at the magnificent mountains around me, I chose to go 80 MPH so that we could get to our destination sooner. As a result, I was awarded a $280 speeding ticket. In choosing to rush through life as opposed to enjoying the journey, mistakes were made and I failed to enjoy the process.
Sometimes by slowing down, we go farther. More importantly, this gradual pace allows us to savor each step along the journey.
For the rest of the year (especially during the holidays), check in periodically with your pace. Notice the tempo of your movements, heart rate, and breath. If you feel a rushed tension, slow your breath and quiet your thoughts. Bring full awareness to the pleasure of whatever you catch yourself doing. Do this often.
Enjoy what comes of today!