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Life's Hustle & Bustle: Urgency or Distraction?

Updated: Aug 28, 2022

Everything must get done.

Preferably yesterday.

This is the sense of urgency with which the majority of us live our day-to-day lives. From the moment we wake up, to the moment we sleep. We are on the race track, running relay from one activity to another.

Living full lives.

Yet most of us hesitate when deciding if whether we feel fulfilled.

With so much to do, there's no real reason not to feel content. There's no real reason not to find solace in our routines.

How much more should we really ask for?

It's not always about wanting more, sometimes it's longing for something different. Then feeling guilty about wanting something different because there's nothing at all wrong with life as it is, right now. Life satisfaction, fulfillment... is tricky. What if we like our boat enough to not want to rock it for some wayward fantasy.

So many of us fear the thought of our own growth.

We brush off the realization that we've outgrown a status quo that we're accustomed to, because it's easier than dealing with the uncertainty of leaning into change.

We convince ourselves that the internal disruptions that we attempt to suffocate, are much easier to manage than introducing, or allowing for change, to influence our every day lives.

Some of us recognize that we're putting off the inevitable, biding our time.

While others have long since learned that disruption rarely waits for an invitation.

What starts off as an internal longing, will manifest itself into our lives at some point or another. Introducing shifts and changes into aspects of our lives we would have preferred to have left alone, despite recognizing that deep down, there were probably things that we should have addressed.

Though we rarely allow ourselves the time to consider anything that isn't urgent.

Urgency dictates priority when you're living on the go.

Life gets busy, for each and every one of us. None of us are exempt in putting off crucial conversations, or major life events because sometimes the hustle and bustle of the daily routine makes it challenging to step back and look at the big picture. Not to say we don't do it once in a while... maybe.

Busy and productive are not one and the same.

The former an indicator of distraction, and the latter of progress.

If our routines are so charged, to the point where we lose sight of why we do the majority of where we put our time and energy - we are distracting ourselves, consciously or otherwise.

It's important to allow for mental and emotional space to take a step back and answer the big questions.

Maintain a sense of direction in our lives.

Creating routines that foster the mental clarity required to reorient to the route you know aligns with not only who you are now, but who you are becoming.

Because becoming, is inevitable.

So is change.

So rather than create lives to avoid the shifts and pivots that will most definitely arrive, create lives that anticipate and embrace them.

Trust the wherever it is you end up, is exactly where you are supposed to be.

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