Here’s a prediction: If you’re reading this post, your life needs to slow down. For all the ways that our society has improved over the last generation, the undeniable side effect is that the pace of life has sped up considerably. As I noted in this post, experts from the last century predicted that the advance of technology would actually have the opposite effect: that it would slow life down considerably. Experts predicted that future generations would only work a few hours per week because technology would make accomplishing tasks much simpler and quicker. Well, technology has made accomplishing tasks much simpler and quicker. In my profession, instead of mailing a document to another attorney, who would then review the document, suggest revisions, and mail it back, we now just email documents back and forth. A process that took days and weeks now takes minutes. Such examples abound in most professions. [Read more…] about The Unhurried Life: Finding Ways to Slow Down
Everyone knows the feeling of starting the day off behind schedule, stressed, and scrambling to catch up. Here are some thoughts on how to set the tone to recapture those days.
“If it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive.” This little nugget of internet wisdom reflects the popular current notion that we should make our lives as stress-free as possible. Peace, in this instance, is promoted as the absence of stress. Stress is typically defined as the mental perception of pressure, and it’s a major villain these days. The health care industry tells everyone who will listen that stress is a killer. “Chronic stress” is to be avoided at all costs. We must, they say, cultivate a stress-free life. In other words, as it pertains to any particular activity, “if it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive” and should be avoided. [Read more…] about The Path to Peace