Moving fast is not the same
as going somewhere.
~ Robert Anthony
We live in a very fast-paced culture. Speed is valued everywhere: how quickly you can get a task or project done (to begin another one), how fast you can run, how much you can get done at one time by multi-tasking. How many different balls you can juggle without dropping any of them. Sometimes it seems that life is like running very fast on a treadmill, or riding hard in a spinning class, moving very fast yet going nowhere.
Life is often consumed in moving quickly from item to item on the never-ending to-do list at home and at work. This doesn't leave much time to be in the moment. And it doesn't leave much time for dreaming, contemplating, and wondering. Creativity needs time and space to bubble up with ideas of all kinds, including where you would like to go in life.
Can you allow yourself time each day to slow down, to inhabit and savor the moment? Can you allow yourself the time to contemplate, to wonder, to fan the creative flames, to make room for the inner guidance that whispers to you of your dreams and desires? Can you ride the waves of your intuition that will always show you the path that will genuinely take you where you need to be?
Peggy Handler, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Francisco's Noe Valley