Is the hyper busy-ness of our world at odds with the human need for replenishment and connection? Is the desire for purpose and fulfillment at odds with the drive for increased productivity, success and advancement? Is the search for meaning literally too slow for our hyper-paced world?
The rhythm, rapid movement and constant change that characterize our lives creates a paradox. The world offers us more and expects more from us. The demand for and on our attention is constant, and our attention is fractured. We are distracted while increasingly seeking engagement. We revere life’s rapid pace and equate it with success while questioning the purpose and meaning of our lives. We are superficially over-connected while seeking deeper, more valued, connection.
I see and hear this paradox playing out in different ways among my clients. Some are experiencing work-related stress and burnout; others feel disengaged and unfulfilled in their work; still others express a desire for more purposeful living. A constant refrain I hear is, “I don’t have enough time…”
Take your time…
When we take time, we make space in our lives. Taking time is an active, deliberate demarcation of time and space to value ourselves, to value our lives and our relationships.
Taking time creates a clear boundary between our work lives and our personal lives. Taking time creates the space to delineate and define our “selves” in the midst of this hyper-busy-ness.
Taking time enables us to be more open and receptive to what we are feeling and experiencing.
When we take time, the activities of our lives are directed by our own rhythm. When we feel connected to our individual rhythm, we feel more fully present, authentic and engaged in the world around us.
When we take time, we turn our attention towards our lives. When we are personally and experientially connected to our lives, we invest time. This might be time spent in good conversation, time enjoying a meal and a celebration with loved ones, time for our close relationships, time for an activity, time for exercise, time to connect with nature.
When we take time to reflect, we gain perspective on our lives. We can feel and see what is going on around us. Taking time gives us the capacity to observe what might be needed, what could be changed or adjusted in our lives, in our relationships, in our workplace, in our communities.
When we take time, we open ourselves to the world, to what is possible, to where “I” might be needed. When we take time, we can re-direct our compass and strive towards something we are personally and deeply connected to.
When we take time, we experience meaning.
Take your time….
Britt-Mari is an integrative career counselor with an extensive background in existential psychology, career counseling and teaching. She helps clients create personally empowered solutions to career transition, burnout and the building of resilient and meaningful careers. To inquire about customized 3 session coaching packages please contact her at email@example.com