Ditch the Beat the Clock Life. Pause to Feed Your Soul.
“Never be too busy to really live and enjoy your life. Once time passes, we never get it back.”~Tiny Buddha
Beat the Clock was an insanely popular television show from 1950 to 1961. The premise was for couples or families to perform a super wacky task before the buzzer went off and if they could, they would win money. You can find full episodes on YouTube. It was so beloved that an attempt was made to resurrect it in 1979 and it fizzled off the air in 1980. Looking back on the programs on early television, everything was a novelty and it didn’t take much to entertain us! Today, however, we live Beat the Clock every single day. And it’s no fun! Who’s with me?
Living in “Beat the Clock” mode is a constant drain
I’ve lived my whole life stuck in high gear, trying to jam as much into every waking hour as I can. I walk fast when I don’t need to and I always talk too fast. Instinctively, I stab the “close door” button in elevators, every time. In my opinion, there should be passing lanes in malls. I’m terrible at waiting and I’m a checkout lane hopper. I always try to get “just-one-more-thing” done, so I often run a few minutes late no matter where I’m going. I measure my self-worth to a large extent by how much I’ve accomplished in a day and I’ve been pretty much that way as long as I can remember. Too often, when I catch myself, I’m embarrassed by the way I act.
Does this resonate with anyone? I know it must, because I just read that “close door” buttons on elevators are usually the most worn even though they are often not even connected! (Truth!) A lot is being written these days about hurry sickness. It’s legit. It’s considered to be an actual disease defined as “the constant need to do more, faster, even when there’s no objective reason to be in such a rush”. Our “busy badge” is even applauded in many instances but it actually increases the body’s output of the stress hormone cortisol, which suppresses the immune system and has been linked with weight gain and heart disease. Is it worth it?
Here’s the conundrum, folks. I totally get wanting to live life to the fullest, believe me, I do! But somehow in the quest to make every day count and make all the right choices so we’re in alignment with the kind of person we’re striving to become and always seeking purpose and meaning in life even though we never know how long our life will be and, and (insert a pause here to take a breath), we have to find some kind of happy balance between going, doing, becoming and taking time to smell the roses. That’s a pretty tough gig, would you agree?
But this time, I stopped
I did! So on Monday, I busted a move. I went off the grid for a delicious side trip. I’d promised myself a hundred times I’d take time to stop at the lofty, intriguing glass cathedral that has beckoned me every time I zip by it on I-80 just west of Omaha, Nebraska. And you know what? I went there and the Holy Family Shrine is amazing. It is a remarkable piece of architecture and a moving story about creating a peaceful place to reconnect with nature and with God. It was the best 45 minutes I’ve spent in a long time. I hope you visit there sometime and I’d love to hear about it. You can find everything you need to know at their wonderful website.
About two years ago, my brother inspired me. Finally, after living far from Nebraska for many years he took the time. The instant he entered the space he felt a peaceful presence that will stay with him forever. What’s more, every time he goes by it now, he’ll think back on those precious minutes and remember the feeling it gave him. Out of a 168 hour week, he paused for 30 minutes or so and took the stunning photos that I’m sharing with you.
That’s what a pause can do. Maybe you have a different spot that has tugged at you for years. Go. Just go. What are we waiting for? Sometimes our soul is starving to be fed and you know what your spirit is hungry for. Life is too short to constantly ignore the calling of your heart.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”~ Rumi