Our world is moving too fast. The Earth is moving at the same speed; yet, everyday, we’re convinced that speed is the best way to make our life. Have you ever tried to park your car, look for what you need while talking to someone on your phone? It is true that everyone is under lots of pressures of schedules and commitments, but can we really accomplish more by speeding through the day?

According to Thomas Davenport, there is little evidence that our speedy pursuit of information and restless mental stimulation had helped us have better life. Instead, researches has shown that multi-taskers are worse at noticing the important aspects of their surroundings compared to those who do things more deliberately. By combining activities like texting, talking and driving, we’re more likely to have accidents. Moreover, with a speedy mind, we might never enjoy the fruits of our labor, our love, or our life. Relax is a no-no.

I believe success should not be determined by the speed with which we move. Eating more doesn’t make the dish more delicious. Getting angry over traffic doesn’t make it move faster. How about learning to stay calm, enjoy life and make use of it in a more meaningful way? By simplifying our life and getting rid of the speediness, we can focus more on human relations and start to appreciate the meaning of life. Calmness and deliberation are also the key aspects to decision-makings. By carefully identifying and weighing alternatives, we are more inclined to make better decisions in business and in our own life.

Life is short. Take it easy, anyone?

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4 responses »

  1. Jim says:

    I liked your post Cheryl. I remember hearing recently that people in the united states are working far more than we used to, and more than many places around the world as well. There are some European countries in which it is typical for everyone to be given at least a month of vacation time per year. While its true that productivity might suffer from this, part of me thinks that work has become an arms race, and the additional time we are spending on work is not truly adding to our happiness.

  2. Mike M says:

    I agree with your suggestion. People often seem to equate money and career advancements to success and happiness in life, but I don’t think these necessarily always go together. As long as you are making enough money to pay for essential items, like food and shelter, what is the point in continuously racing to make more money and be more successful in a career? People tend to look ahead to the next stage in life, like planning for retirement and saying they will enjoy life when they are retired. But why wait? Why not enjoy life throughout the whole journey, rather than just enjoying parts of it?

  3. ilyksunnyday says:

    Live for today, plan for tomorrow, party tonight, party tonight.~Drake obtained from Drake Quotes

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