19 April 2009

Where are we going? And, why do we want to get there so fast?

Driving down the highway I realize that you get honked at when you are driving slower than 10 miles over the speed limit... WHY? Why can't we just slow down, relax, and enjoy life? Why is our day filled to the brim with miniscus curving upwards? Why does our life seem to fly by? It is the goal of Americans to do the most they can in the least amount of time as possible...

When was the last you woke up and just layed there for a few minutes thinking about how good your day will be? When was the last time you walked outside, just to see what God has created that day? When was the last time you wathce the sunrise or the sunset? When was the last time you DID stop to smell the roses?

I know that I am guilty of this and have recently thought about 'cooling it.' The inborn desire of me is to be busy all the time. Something tells me to keep going. I have to relax this feeling and be able to relax myself. If we keep going all the time at some point we will just explode; our feeling, our emotion, our want and desire to keep going, our will will just become nothing but benign. It will not even sting when we think that we are doing nothing.

As Americans we have such an inborn tendency to be busy, to be doing something all the time, to get to where we are going as fast as possible, to cram our day full so we can experience everything we can in the shortest amount of time. We do this so much that the weekend is that time for us to just become numb and relax our bodies and minds.

I think we all need to learn to relax. I think we all need to learn how to wake up and smell the coffee. We all need to take the scenic route. We all need to stop and smell the roses.

Not only is speeding down the road not safe. It's not healthy for you soul, body, or mind.

We need to relax, to stop, to see the world as it comes around us - not while it's speeding passed us in this perpetual, dismal, bleak, fast-paced world. We create our own lives; who we are, what we believe, and how fast we want to travel through this existence. Our struggles in life are promised to us, and we can't do anything about that. But we can relax every now and then to prepare mentally and physically for the next one.

Now, that's not to say that you can't do stuff unless going throuhg a problem; it just means relax intemittenly. Overcome that biological predisposition that says to keep going.

After all, what's the rush anyway?

For all of life's problems, ask God.