Saturday, November 28, 2009

Short on time, long on to-do lists...

I read a lot of blogs and it seems I've stumbled on a not-so-surprising theme lately.  Everyone is short on time and long on to-do lists, expectations, and responsibilities.

On one hand I feel better knowing I'm not alone in being overwhelmed by the never-ending demands of this grown-up life.  But on the other hand it concerns and saddens me.  It's showing an obvious pattern in society that we, as a whole, are over-extending ourselves.  We spend so much time having to be something special and do amazing feats and prove impossible things, that we forget to just be.

I read this email from a friend of mine earlier this week that sums it up:  In today's day and age, we spend more, but have less.  We buy more, but enjoy it less.  We've multiplied our possessions, but decreased our values.  We've learned to rush, but not to wait.  Why is that?  Where have we gone wrong?  Have we "advanced" so much as a society that we've actually gone BACKWARD in our ability to just enjoy life?

There was a comedian I saw on Facebook recently who totally hit the nail on the head by saying we have things better than we ever have before but we fail (or have simply forgotten HOW) to just appreciate what we have.  Stop and think about how far we've come and how lucky and blessed we are to have the opportunities, the advancements, and the freedoms this life brings.  The key here is to STOP and THINK.  Maybe that would help ground us and keep us sane in this chaotic world that has us go, go, going all the time.  I know it's worth a shot.  Stop.  Think.  And breathe.

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