Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ease and Chill Out...

We are the strivingest people who have ever lived.
We are ambitious, time-starved, competitive, distracted.
We move at full velocity,
yet constantly fear we are not doing enough.
Enough we live longer than any humans before
us, our lives feel shorter, restless, breathless...

Dear ones, EASE UP. Pump the brakes. Take a
step back. Seriously. Take two steps back. Turn
off all your electronics and surrender over all
your aspirations and do absolutely nothing for a
spell. I know, I know – we all need to save the
world. But trust me: The world will still need
saving tomorrow. In the meantime, you’re going
to have a stroke soon (or cause a stroke in
somebody else) if you don’t calm the hell down.

So go take a walk. Or don’t. Consider actually
exhaling. Find a body of water and float. Hit a
tennis ball against a wall. Tell your colleagues
that you’re off meditating (people take
meditation seriously, so you’ll be absolved from
guilt) and then actually, secretly, nap.

My radical suggestion? Cease participation, if
only for one day this year – if only to make sure
that we don’t lose forever the rare and vanishing
human talent of appreciating ease.

- Elizabeth Gilbert (Author of the book titled Eat, Pray, and Love)

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