I think we are under pressure to lead a "life in the fast lane" and "live life to the full". We complain to each other that there are "not enough hours in the day". If you search these terms there is a big body of writing out there especially from the self improvement market. Then you find this sort of thing posted on Facebook:
|A busy life is a lived life|
But what does it mean? For me the idea that I must be constantly stuffing myself with new experiences and never wasting a moment is worrying as though I like to see new places and do different things I get the most out of savouring small pleasures. I was very pleased to come across the antithesis to this rush rush mentality with a website called SLOW DOWN.
Think about all the things that give small pleasure and they add up to more than the white water rafting or the bungee jumping [extreme examples that spring to mind working as I do in a young team of adrenalin driven people!] or the rushing to this or that experience. On the way you might let these "not doing" experiences sweep past unnoticed:
|watching the clouds go by|
- choosing a new book to read
- getting into a warm bed on a cold night
- watching the sun set
- a good shower
- smelling new cut grass, just baked bread
- watching the sea
- watching clouds pass by
- feeling the sun in winter
- sharing banter and humour
- feeling a texture that makes you glow
- musical notes in just the right order ..the list is endless.
So with all that going on how can we be the person in Ezra Pound's poem:
The days are not full enough
The nights are not full enough
Life slips by like a field mouse
Not shaking the grass
I am with William Henry Davies myself who famously wrote:
What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare?
That is what I am aiming for and I will NOT feel guilty about it....!