We attempt to lead the speed of life as if we can travel in the speed of light.
Only recently, this dawned on me, that my attempt to deal with the stresses of life was—in a true civilised 21st-century approach to living —to speed things up.
Go faster, read faster, write faster, do chores faster, put the kids to bed faster….so that I can buy more time for the next.
Inadvertently, I became impatient to others. People who were walking slower, people who were late, people who were blocking my way. The truth is, I was becoming agitated with my wife and kids. Simply because, on hindsight, they weren’t traveling in the same speed as I was. Especially for my 5-year-old, who has a very different concept of time, takes a fairrrrrr amount of time… to get ready to go out.
Something’s not quite right with this type of speed.
The speed of life is not the speed of light.
Therein lies the paradox: Time speeds up when we are rushing.
We see much more when we are walking by our familiar street than when we are driving by in the comforts of our car.
I’m still grappling with this. Daily, I remind myself again not only to slow down, but to do less, and embrace this persistent paradox with time.