Have you noticed lately that time is going by faster than ever?
Days go by in the blink of an eye, weeks are fast and a year goes by before you know it. You might be wondering, like me, “what happened? Did the duration of time actually change?”
I have been thinking about this for some time now and last week had a real epiphany.
In this day and age, everything we do is so quick - we have the answer to any question we could ever have in the palm of our hand through our phones, and everything is instant and on-demand in our world more than ever before. This makes it possible for us to complete tremendous feats and do things faster and faster. Which means that we are able to do way more things in a single day today than we could just 15 years ago, let alone 100 years ago.
All of this commotion leads to our brains moving from thing to thing at lightning speed! Before you know it, the day is over and it is on to the next.
For me, when I am in “the zone”, getting tons of tasks done, I can look up and all of the sudden, 3 hours have passed by and it might have felt like it was only 20 minutes. On the one hand, it is great we can get so much done so quickly. On the other hand, maybe there is more to life than constantly being on the go.
I am sure you have heard the term “stop and smell the roses”. Well, this simple phrase might actually be THE KEY to slowing down time and enjoying life more.
Everyone talks about being present, and most of the time we are too busy to try it or just forget about it. I am here to tell you that it is seriously worth it to keep it as a focus in your day.
Often times we are so busy and stressed we might not even realize where we actually are in the world.
For example, if you are driving and your mind is somewhere else completely, you might not even notice the beautiful sunset that is occurring right in front of you or the amazing tree you just passed or the beautiful scenery you just drove by. You might even feel like you drove at warp speed, and that is because you probably weren’t fully “there” for it.
When we slow down and consciously notice our surroundings or think about what we are actually doing, we can find so much inspiration. This is where we can feel the magic in life.
When we do this, we tend to feel much more grateful for the little things in life. Not only this, but we physically slow our brains down to a quiet place and we smile more. Our actions might even bring better experiences into our lives because we are deciding what to do from a quiet place in our heads and leading with our hearts. Time slows down. Life feels better. We enjoy everything and everyone more.
Need I say more?
Give it a try. Slowing down is worth it :)
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