How to Get Off The Rat Race

November 16, 2010 by  
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Much is being said about the impact our digital and virtual world is having on us, a generation having to adapt, and the younger people who have never known the world to be any different.

I’m one who loves the web.  I read, research, communicate and shop online.  Sometimes I find myself spending hours in an intimate relationship with the knowledge I find in the virtual world.  Having said that, I also spend plenty of time sitting quietly in my yard.  I have also learned to notice the trees and the people in my neighborhood and know each new day what the moon looked like the night before.

Finding balance in this fast and interconnected world is key to well-being.   No matter who we are, human beings need to love, feel loved and to belong.  No wealth of information will ever substitute these basic and most profound needs.  We may look more modern than our cave ancestors but the spark of life is still the same.  Take time to soak in all the gifts that life gives you on a daily basis. Much can be gotten from simplicity.

Below is a post by Geir Berthelsen that encourages slowing down and changing our corporate mind set which promotes quantity over quality.  Enjoy!

Editor’s Note: Geir Berthelsen is a motivational speaker and founder of the think tank The World Institute of Slowness, which promotes “slow” awareness and activities around the globe.

(CNN) — The Industrial Revolution gave us many good things, among them the ability to create large, great cities and feeding enough people to populate them.

But in its aftermath our culture has developed a core focus based on the consumer and not the person as the individual.

As a consequence we have adopted a corporate mind-set which is long on quantity, short on quality, and even shorter on slowness…Continued


It’s All Good

August 25, 2009 by  
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My sister in law was telling me today that she recently had a scare with a lump that was found on one of her breasts. 

While laying on the examination room and waiting for results she said she thought about her legacy and she thought about to whom she would leave her possessions.  See, none in her family have had children. I told her, you leave to your friends or to a cause.   That got us talking about the fact that as we get older we will only have each other to rely on. I too have no children.

I think a lot of people end up having children as a way to leave something behind; a mark that we’ve have been here.  But the truth is most of us, no matter what, after fifty years or so have no marks that we were ever here.  We do leave permanent marks and changes but as a society but not really as individuals.

Think about it.  My Italian fourteen year old nieces (they are twins) were visiting the recording room at the Warner Brothers lot, when the studio engineer mentioned that the day before, Clint Eastwood finished recording the music for his new film in that same room. My nieces drew a blank.  Who’s Clint Eastwood?

I think sometimes we get caught up in what others think of us or our spotlight or lack off in this world but the truth is our lives should matter to us more than what it looks like to others.  We need to learn to really listen to what makes us happy and invest in those things.  I believe that at the end of a life time what matters are the feelings within not how important or what others thought of us.

Society at large, especially in the US, keeps pushing us to produce, to strive to succeed.  It’s all good just as long as it doesn’t turn into obsession and replaces relationship and well being.

Happiness is a feeling within which brightly colors our lives. Remember what Lilly Tomlin so famously said:” The problem with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat”.   And who wants to be a rat?  And by the way, my sister in law is fine.