Whoa! Look around us!
Everyone is so . . . busy. We’re almost can’t see each other.
We’re juggling, talking, typing, scanning instead of reading, talking instead of thinking, putting off time with our family and friends. We all know so much about productivity, goals, keeping connected, and following our passion to build the business that we love. It’s enough to make a brain shut down into auto-mode.
I know I occasionally find myself staring out from a glazed look, walking into walls. How about you?
Being determined, motivated, set on a path with a laser beam focus is a good thing. . . . right? It is, if every now and then, we check that our destination is still where we want to go and that we’re enjoying the ride on the way.
The Going Not the Getting There
I see it in clients. I’ve felt it in my friends. I’ve done it myself. It’s a heads down sort of thing that takes over our thinking. We become so aware of time, so time-managing, that we manage to set aside anything that might, even possibly from far off, appear to be construed as doing nothing.
What’s wrong with doing nothing or better yet doing something just for fun — not balance . . . F-U-N? What’s wrong with enjoying the folks we care about as we move through our lives?
Nature has no straight lines.
Our priorities can get so straight that they become twisted and upside-down. We can get so focused on our destination that we forget to pay attention to the journey and the people who make living our lives magical, meaningful, and worth living.
Way, way back in the olden days, Harry Chapin sang this in a song.
It’s got to be the getting there, not the going that’s good. –Heads and Tales, Greyhound
We’ll never get this moment back . . . oops, it’s already gone!
At the end of my days will I regret the work I didn’t do or the time I didn’t spend with my husband, my son, my dad, my mom, my brothers, my nieces and nephews, my lifelong friends, the new exciting people I’ve just met?
If you knew that your time left was only tonight, what would you do then?
I’m going with Bruce Cockburn’s answer . . .
If it was the last night of the world, I’d have champagne with you. –Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu, Last Night of the World
Yep, that’s what I’d do.
I’m making a sign and putting up right above my monitor.
Will you make a sign too? It’s the time of your life.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!!