a matter of perspective

Do you ever feel like someone hits the fast forward button, and everything speeds up? Right now, my days are in 3x mode. 2013 is nearly over and I have no idea where the time went.

taking time off. it could happen!
taking time off. it could happen!

a busy bee

Perhaps time dashes because of the approaching holidays, I work and work and work. When I’m not working (eventually it does happen), I sleep or prepare for the upcoming Hootchy Kootchy winter show on December 28 (shameless plug, I know).

Don’t get me wrong, I like feeling useful and/or helpful. Who am I kidding? I want to feel valued. When there is too much time and not enough to do, my mind slows and melancholy sets in.

where is the middle?

I continue at a frenetic pace until there is nothing left to give. There is always another project at work needing attention. My solo definitely needs more rehearsing, and so on…

When things move swiftly but I feel composed, life is good and chaos is abated. Working 10 hours instead of 8 is fun when it’s my idea.

Pressure builds when I’m not in the driver’s seat. The reality is, I cannot control my surroundings. I wonder if I completely let go and let spirituality guide me I would become more calm.

Again with the whole spirituality perspective! Do I feel more spiritual when my mind is completely occupied? Am I really in the moment or rushing through it in order to get somewhere else?

some sage advice

How do people contentedly sit idle? It simply isn’t in my nature, which is why I’m trying to quiet my mind and relish the present.

There has to be a key to this whole being in the present thing that I am completely missing. When the world is whizzing, it’s not all that pleasurable. My girlfriend Kelli suggested practicing breathing out.

What a novel idea!!! Usually, when feeling stressed, I attempt deeper breaths (if I can think about it and not simply freak out). In order to slow things to a comfortable pace, I must let go of breath.

I never even considered the physiological benefit of intentionally exhaling. It would probably keep me from hyper-ventilating or becoming driven from panic. Upon further reflection, this has to be some of the best advice I received in quite a while.

your turn

What is your perspective on life’s pace? Are you hustling from point A to point Z or lingering somewhere between? Like me, do you thrive on activity? Share your thoughts and stories.

2 thoughts on “a matter of perspective

  1. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says:

    I like the idea of breathing out – I don’t think many people think of that. We all think of breathing IN deeply…but what about the out breath for balance. Something to think about.

    I often find myself frantically whizzing from A to Z, but often not by choice – because it’s what is dictated to me by life. I honestly think I tell myself that I thrive on activity but the truth is the more I am able to simplify and be less busy – or at least less busy at what other people tell me needs to be done – the more I prefer a slower pace. I used to say I was happy being busy and on the go all the time but as I reflect on the last several years of my life, I realize it was/is really not the truth. I am finding myself much better off when I dictate the pace. Can I dictate the work? No, not all the time. I have a job with a paycheck and there are things that I don’t get to decide. But I can plan well and stay organized and that helps me maintain control of the frenzied pace. It’s one of my big epiphanies of the last year-ish.

    I love coming to your blog, Mim – always makes me think. 🙂


    1. miriamgomberg says:

      I hear ya sister. If life flows quickly but I dictate what comprises it, I feel pretty good about it. It’s when I feel helpless to affect the pace that I stress out. I’m always glad when you stop by too Lisa. Cheers and happy holidays.


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