The Human Race

Tulips by Mihai (Mike) TamasilaNature doesn’t hurry, and yet everything is accomplished.

– Lao Tzu

While I would gladly jump on a unicorn and ride off into the sunset (if I could), I try my best to stay off high-horses.

Nonetheless, when I see so many people around me running themselves ragged, it’s difficult not to point out the obvious. And I feel well-qualified to speak on the issue.

“Busy” has become the latest drug of choice, and too many have become addicts. Sometimes, it sneaks up on us – the craving to stay busy. And before we know it, we are busy all day, every day, and most of the night. We become too busy to spend any quality time with our friends and family; too busy to eat right; and too busy to rest when our bodies are tired and weak. Eventually, we might become too busy to think about what it is we’re really trying to accomplish by staying so busy.

If we’re not careful, Life tends to get away from us. We want to be successful, which means working hard. We want to take care of the people we love, which means making time for their needs, as well as our own. We want to feel connected to others, which means getting out and socializing. We want to be good parents, which means doing A LOT of things that  don’t qualify as relaxation. All this being the case, it is so very easy to get caught up in the dizzying swirl that has become the human race.

It is as though there is always something that has to be done, right now. We forget that little Timmy won’t become a maladjusted adult, if he misses soccer practice this week. We ignore the reality that there are only so many hours in a day, and only so much of us to go around. We might secretly convince ourselves that we’re somehow genetically superior and can handle the non-stop chaos and constant motion that has become our lives. We take dose after dose of busy, until we couldn’t imagine what life would be like, if we didn’t have any busy.

The reality of the situation, however, is that we humans are not designed (physically, emotionally, or spiritually) to sustain the level of chronic stress that accompanies so much busy. Every single one of us (yes, that includes you) needs periods of rest and restoration for our mind, our body, and our spirit. And we all know that it’s true.

If we look back on the cycles of our lives, we see the imbalance and turmoil that results from pushing ourselves too hard, for too long. But, too often, we fail to pause long enough to see what we have been doing to ourselves and to our lives by pushing so hard against the current, instead of resting occasionally along side the river.

Today is Friday – the start of a weekend. For most of you, there is a day off of work ahead of you. I want to encourage you to give yourself a small gift this weekend; the gift of rest and restoration. No matter who you are or what is going on in your life, you have 2 hours to give yourself a little slice of what restores you.

You might spend some time alone or you might do something relaxing with your loved ones. You can take a walk, watch a non-violent movie, soak in a hot bath, have a romantic dinner that includes no discussion of anything that relates to busy, listen to some relaxing music for a while, or just take a nice, long nap.

Whatever you choose to do for rest and restoration, don’t worry. The world will keep spinning. The children will survive. Your career will remain in tact. And, with a little bit of devotion to giving your mind, body, and spirit what it needs, you’ll be in a better position to keep moving forward on Monday.

You are worthy, and you deserve this.

If you take me up on this suggestion, I’d love to hear about what you did to rest and restore and how it made you feel. By sharing your experience with others, you might encourage someone else to step out of the human race long enough to remember what being human really means.

Live Free! Be Happy! Relax a little.

© 06/28/2013

Photo by Mihai Tamasila

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25 Comments

  1. This is wonderful, Sloan. I’ve been thinking of writing a blog post on the very same subject. The issue I have is that the busy people I know will lambast me if I said these very things to them. I know, I’ve tried. They tell me I don’t understand their lives and why they have to be busy, especially since I don’t have children. I’ve never purposely busied my life. Sometimes unexpected things will occur all at once, but those things I deal with, they pass, and I go back to my simpler life again. I can’t handle too much busyness or I’ll start to get panicky. People who are busy tend to get mad at me for not having a busy life. I’m with you on this one, and I am bookmarking this lovely blog post for good measure. Blessings to you.

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    • Lori,
      Thank you for sharing your experience and insights. We each have to come to our own realizations about what works best for us and our lives. One of the gifts of writing is that I can share my ideas and insights without confrontation. I hand it over to the reader and allow them to do (or not do) what they want with it. If someone is getting mad at you for the life you’ve chosen to live, that’s their “stuff,” not yours. Have a wonderful weekend, Beautiful Soul, doing what restores you. Love & Light, S

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  2. Sloan, this is a great post that applies to everyone…just beautiful.

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    • Thank you, Laurie. I know it’s hard to remember these simple truths. It certainly was something I ignored too often, until I couldn’t ignore it any longer. I’m hoping to hear back from some people on Monday that they tried it and were glad they did. Much Love & Light to you. S

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  3. Thanks for this post. The Lao Tzu Quote especially speaks to me.

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  4. Beacon of Aquarius

     /  June 28, 2013

    lovely as always Sloan. 🙂 especially the visualiztion of you riding off into the sunset on a unicorn ❤

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    • Thanks, Jim! Well, as I always say, “Anything is possible.” I’m not giving up on the unicorn dreams yet. Have a wonderful weekend, my fabulous friend! Love & Light, S

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  5. This is wonderful, Sloan,Thanks for this post.With love Maxima

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  6. Brilliant advice! I’m going to take a bath and listen to George Winston…Thank you for helping me feel okay (rather than self-indulgent) about doing this! 😉 I wish you a peace-filled weekend…

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  7. Wonderful, Shauna! Enjoy! Love & Light, S

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  8. What a wonderful post, you are an amazing writer and have unbelievable insight. Busy is a problem in everyone’s lives.. I have been trying to unbusy my life as well. Some days I am successful others not so much.. Love and blessing sent your way.

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    • Thank you, Sweet Shauna! Well, we all (including me) need to be reminded of what we already know, from time to time. Through sharing, we help each other remember. Have a peaceful & enjoyable weekend, Beautiful Soul! S

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  9. Merci pour votre soutien.

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  10. Mermaid in Disguise

     /  June 30, 2013

    I relaxed at the beach watching my dog Scout playing and having fun. love this post.

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    • The beach is always a wonderful place to rest, restore, and reconnect! And having your furry companion with you is even better! Much Love & Big Hugs to you, my Mermaid friend.

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  11. Love it Sloan! Great reminder to slow it down, and figure out why all the running in the first place? I find alone time to be relaxing, and also enjoy a night out with friends as well. We had a surprise birthday party for someone special this weekend, and it was a joy to just be present in the moment and have a lot of laughs! 🙂 Blessings, Cathie

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  12. Wonderful, Cathie! Fellowship with our friends and loved ones is always a great way to restore. The loving energy and laughter we share in those moments can rejuvenate our spirits and relax our minds. It’s always a joy for me to hear from you! Thanks for reading and commenting! Love & Light, S

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  13. Excellent question and fantastic post! Glad your back!!
    All the best.
    Shane

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  14. Such a great post; so rich of insights and wisdom–thanks for the generosity of sharing your exceptional writing and beautiful heart! More power!

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    • Thank you, Kind One, for your generous compliments and supportive encouragement! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Have a beautifully blessed day! 🙂

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