When it comes to the ruthless elimination of hurry, how do we achieve that? These days, most people can probably agree that the speed of our lives is becoming an ever-increasing problem. We are moving too fast, doing too much, and it is affecting our health, career, relationships, and just about everything in between.
We are overworked, overcommitted, overtired, and overwhelmed. In summary, we are exhausted. We are disconnected. In our effort to become overproductive, we become counterproductive. We become addicted to doing. Because of our constant rush, being present in our own lives doesn’t exist.
The ruthless elimination of hurry: how to cure ‘hurry sickness’
There’s an actual word for this: hurry sickness. Hurry sickness is defined by “a malaise in which a person feels chronically short of time and so tends to multi-task to the point of forgetting one of the tasks.”
We simply aren’t taught to slow down. We know, cognitively, that it’s important to slow down. Our head sees what we need but it’s so hard to put it into practice. So how do we eliminate this hurry sickness?
How to eliminate hurry
Here are four areas of your life to look at and guide you in taking steps towards a less hurried life that is more present:
1 Self analysis
If you are exhausted by the end of the day, and the people in your life that should be getting the best of your energy are getting the worst, what can you do to be more present and happy when you are with your family? Could you add play to the end of the day? How could you end the day on the high mark?
2 Ranking love
Are you allowing love in your life. Love of God, love of self, love of your children, love of parents? if you are giving your love to the wrong people you need to rank your love based on your schedule. Are you giving your love to your coworkers when instead you should be giving it to your family?
Where are you trusting God to interject in your schedule? If present and presence are the same, how could you hold space for God to listen to his lessons? Surrender to his will and he will follow.
4 Simplification of your activity
Can you simplify your life? Simplify tangibles, resources, time, etc. How can you live with less to experience more? Look at your life and where you are. Where and what you can simplify. If hurry and love are not able to exist simultaneously, at the end of the day, love is primary.
Conclusion: From hurry sickness to being present
Mindfulness is key to being present, and being attentive to where you are in the present moment. The ruthless elimination of hurry is possible. You don’t have to live your life exhausted and overwhelmed. Whenever you are, commit to being there, completely. Life will take care of the rest.