When you and I were growing up and evening came, our parents told us to shut the front door because it was past time for letting people into our houses. Nightfall at our house meant concentrating on our individual lives. Such time was spent in fellowship, sharing meals and reading books before going to bed. It was a blessing that we didn’t have a Television set or smartphones. My mother affirmed the words of the late GE great leader Jack Welch, “When the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near”
As you and I get back to work we need to watch against the trap of being “busy” The best way to avoid a trap is to avoid getting in it. One of the caveats to being still is the “quick fix” interventions: We listen to everyone on social media, work all day, watch all news and drink away our worries. Sadly states created by interventions don’t last. The intoxication wears off and we are back to normal.
Being “busy” for yourself can become an addiction. Addiction is finding a quick and dirty solution to the symptom of the problem, which prevents one from the harder and long-term task of solving the real problem.
Recently I was having a chat with a good friend of mine and an Executive of a highly successful corporation when he told me, “Sudesh I have been meditating, praying and spending at least two hours daily with myself. The results have been amazing; I am calm and I quickly find solutions”
Your life was never designed to keep up with the Joneses but keep ahead of the Joneses. Being in touch with yourself will keep you ahead in life. It is from the inside that creativity and innovation are birthed.
Shutting the front door might seem like a Holier-than-thou sanctimoniousness but it works. How do I know? It has worked for me all my life. Give it a shot!