Excellent advice, and yet we continue to ignore it and focus on minutiae and busy-ness.
It is my humble opinion that iphones in particular have only contributed to this problem. Now don't get me wrong. I love my iphone. One could even say that I am addicted to the constant updating of information on my iphone, and one would not be the least bit incorrect. One might even have a secret camera that has noticed my terrible habit of checking my iphone for updates every. dang. minute. But it is a symptom of a much larger illness. We have so much power at our fingertips.
Have an idea for a business? Start your own, with your own social media campaign and slick self-designed advertising materials!
Need a website? Why not put together your own, with a shopping cart to sell the hand-crafted products made from organically-sourced materials?
Want to write a book? Simple! Just type it up and self-publish!
If you aren't doing these things, why not? They're so easy! Anyone can do them!
But we aren't harnessing this power to do what is important: Stop moving. Focus on the now. Pay attention to the people in our lives. Be in the moment in which we find ourselves.
Rather, the siren song is luring us to increase our burdens to back-breaking, anxiety-inducing proportions.
The result is the life I have been experiencing over the past ten days, where I have at least five things that need to be done in the next hour and I barely have time to stop and catch my breath, never mind knit or call a friend or make a nutritious meal for my family. At 3 pm today, I sat down in a chair, and started to worry. What was I missing? Why did I have time to sit in a chair?
After a few minutes of pondering, I couldn't come up with anything that desperately needed my attention in the next 15 minutes. I was completely still for about five minutes, savoring the moment. Then I pulled out a little knitting, and called a friend.
Yes, I took this photo with my iphone.
The dang thing is completely indispensable.
Of course, as it turned out, I was forgetting something. But it was an awfully sweet 15 minutes. The iphone and e-mail and internet access and the rest of technology need to go in time out every so often to allow something else to be accomplished.
At the very worst, or perhaps the very best, that something might be to just take a breath and be still.