Last week I got myself into some serious trouble when I asked someone to ‘take it easy’ at work. Things got so ugly & emotional after that. Taking it easy ended being something opposite to performing.
The world we live in makes us believe that we have been built to shine, designed to fly and there is a genius within us who can be woken up by the practice what a self-help guru calls the ‘extreme achiever formula’. Pressured by our need to grow the corporate ladder, we get intimidated so easily by things around us and we end doing unpleasant things, trapping ourselves into a self-constructed war zone. In the process, we forget the importance of ‘stillness”. To borrow words of Pico Iyer, “In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still.”
Our primal need has always been to stay competitive – to be successful, to build a perfect living. In that process many of us have we forgotten to live, caught up in the need for speed – having forgotten how to be nice. If you can steal an hour this week, I would ask you to listen to this episode that talks about how can we step back and make time to reflect in an increasingly distracted and hurried world. Just look for an Ted Radio Hour episode called ‘quiet’ in NPR.