Do you know there is a world of difference between being busy and rushing? We’re all familiar with the term RUSH HOUR. Trouble is, the rush hour has become the rush day, the rush month, the rush year, the rush lifetime. And a rushed lifetime, is almost certainly a shortened lifetime. We’re racing towards our obituary.
What’s happened that we find ourselves having slipped seamlessly into such a time-squeezed world? There just seems to be too much to do, and not enough time to do it in. Well, at least that’s what we keep telling ourselves.
Life already has a frantic pace to it, yet we get blanketed in signs and sayings spurring us on to keep speeding up. Think about it for a moment. We have INSTANT coffee and INSTANT photos. There’s the express bus, express train, express flight and the express lane. We have weight-loss products called OptiFAST and SlimFAST. We’ve got to DASH to the shops. There’s Speedo swimwear. We use a DayRUNNER diary and a courier called FASTway. Then there’s the QUICKtime media player and the QUICKEN accounting program. So everywhere we turn we’re reminded, GO FASTER!
Do you remember the last time you were in a ‘mad dash’ and then found yourself unexpectedly held up? While you waited, did you feel the pressure building, blood beginning to boil, steam about to gush from your ears? That can’t be healthy, can it? And when we’re in a big hurry, we MISS things. The consequences can be confronting. Picture the worker running late for work, racing down the highway and thinking, what’s the fastest shortcut to work. So absorbed in the rush, the worker misses seeing the traffic light change to red, T-bones another car. Next stop is a bed in an ICU ward. My grandfather had a saying, well, if I’m late, I can’t be early. Taking an extra two minutes travel time on the HIGHWAY might just save you from being sent SKY-WAY! Isn’t it better to ARRIVE, then be dead on-time?
Yes, one of the great tyrannies of the TIME TRAP of life is that we may miss a lot of things, but worst still, it doesn’t take long and we stop noticing our loved ones, friends and colleagues. Everything becomes HURRY, HURRY, HURRY and the people who matter most, slip off our radar. Best-selling author Andy Andrews has written a simple and wise tale called, “The NOTICER – Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective”. Pardon the pun, but it is a quick-read, but really worth it, and a reminder to slow down a little, get some perspective, and notice what is really happening in our relationships.
As we hurry, dash, rush, run and race through life, we’re at risk of piling lots of extra stress on ourselves and leaving a trail of broken relationships in our wake. The World Health Organisation calls STRESS the “health epidemic of the 21st century”. We are in too big of a rush getting our BURN-ON that we BURN-OUT! Exposure to elevated and prolonged stress has been linked to serious and sometimes lasting health complications including psychological disorders, heart disease, ailments of the digestive system, musculoskeletal disorders, increased blood pressure and changes in immunological functioning. If you want to learn more about stressors, stress warning signs and actionable steps to stress-proof, then I recommend you request a FREE copy of my new eBook, How to STRESS-PROOF against WORK STRESS.
Let me leave you to ponder the words of Dr Seuss, “They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!”