“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and take a look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
– Ferris Bueller
Yes, I just quoted Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I’ll explain.
One of the reasons so many people–especially busy, high-achieving people–experience so much stress is the frantic pace they set. With so many obligations, places to be, things to do, it can feel like every day is an exhausting race with way too many hurdles. It forces people to always be getting ready for the next hurdle, cramming as much as possible into tighter timeframes and deadlines to be as productive as possible.
For many, this way of life has become a self-defeating cycle. When we seek fulfillment through accomplishments, status or similar measures, we try to do as much as possible to fill the need, but never quite “get there.” We feel exhausted and defeated, and the whole cycle starts again.
You’ve probably experienced firsthand how all this rushing can be such a huge source of stress. Learning how to slow down sometimes becomes essential to recovering and truly relishing where you are.
A lot of us live life as if it’s all about quantity: ‘how much can I make, how much can I do, how many things can I acquire?’ However, if you want to get a better handle on your stress, it’s so important not to lose sight of quality.
Slowing down and savoring simple pleasures is about being more present, in order to step out of stressful thinking and actually enjoy a better quality of life, moment to moment.
And even though I always thought Ferris comes across as just a little too smug and self-satisfied in that movie–he’s right: if you go through life always thinking ahead or rushing to the next thing and you don’t “stop to take a look around once in
When it comes to “slowing down” though, this is usually where high-achievers experience some inner resistance, doubt, reluctance: ‘How can I possibly slow down when I’m barely keeping up as it is?’ A lot of this can stem from faulty assumptions.
When you’re able to create more “space” in your day and savor simple things, you’re making great use of what’s already at your disposal to counteract stress, worry
One day last summer, I finished a meeting a bit earlier than expected. I was getting ready to race home and use that extra time to my advantage to get more done. But I drove by a rose garden that has long been one of my favorite places. I decided to pull over and spend about 15 or 20 minutes just strolling through the garden. I felt the sun on my face, the grass under my feet, took in the heavenly scents and vivid colors. I literally ‘stopped and smelled the roses.’
And it was the best thing I did that day. I left feeling light, happy, calm, renewed, ready to carry on with the rest of my day in a relaxed state of mind. 15 or 20 minutes? Such a short amount of time, but I gained so much. And I didn’t lose any productivity that day.
In fact, I don’t even remember what the other stuff was that seemed so important for me to rush into that day. But I certainly remember that rose garden.
Quality of life.
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