When we rush around, we really don't get that much more accomplished. And -- even if we do -- what does it cost us? We often show up in a harried manner; and it takes away from our quality of life (not to mention those around us that have to witness this sense of frenzy).
In the long run, rushing around can even lead to greater stress in our lives, increased health problems and compromised relationships. So if you find yourself in this state more and more often, take a step back and ask yourself a few questions:
Just a few things to ponder. These fall more into the practical realm, but there are deep-seated behaviors that come with questions such as:
Perhaps the biggest detriment to rushing around is that we're squelching that still, small voice within -- our own internal GPS system. When we drown it out, we're not living in the present. We're not aware -- and our lives are thrashed about at warp speed. Beam me down, Scotty.
As I look for the gift in that harrowing experience last week, I realize the cosmic and spiritual message of the backdrop that came with my lesson: a stop sign.
I also want to acknowledge the Charleston Police Department and the courteous and professional (although firm) conduct I experienced on that morning last week. I thanked the officer for the wakeup call, and we exchanged some pleasantries after all the drama.
Ironically, my license plate reads "LIVE" (which is a reminder to me that this isn't a dress rehearsal -- and that I need to "live life fully.") The officer warned me that if I didn't slow down I may need to change my license plate!
Believe me, I've heeded the call. I'm keeping my license plate. No more Rushin' Roulette for me.
Linda Arnold, MBA, is a certified wellness instructor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications company specializing in advertising, public relations, government relations and interactive marketing. Reader comments are welcome and may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301, or emailed to livelifefu...@arnoldagency.com.