Do you take the time to stare off into the distance and wonder? Do you ever just sit, think, ponder, and breathe?

Over the last few years, I have realized a pretty significant lack of my personal ability to sit and do nothing. It’s not in my nature; I don’t work that way, and not only do I not work that way, but I feel a tremendous sense of guilt when I’m not doing something.

In many ways, this trait has benefited me; I get a lot accomplished in a short amount of time. The drive over the years has caused me to read dozens of books on productivity, time management, efficiency, cognitive learning techniques, you name it, all of which I have benefited from.

It’s also hurt me.

Not taking the time to think, the time to just sit and exist has hurt me. From just a pure efficiency standpoint scientists know that the brain often solves the most difficult problems subconsciously, that “solving” process benefits greatly from relaxed time to think without the stimulation of computers, the internet, music, or even people.

It’s hard, super hard, and getting even more difficult every day. We now live in what I call a “HYPER-CONNECTED” culture. We spend around 9 hours a day engaged with social media online (at least teens do, )

Nine freaking hours a day, are you kidding me, that’s about 130 DAYS of the year, we are engaged with social media.

That is one HECK of a lot of tweets, posts, pics to consume and contribute.

Where is the time to actually “think”? Where is the time to let your brain do the hard work of solving the problems that need to be solved?

It doesn’t exist. Not only that, but this hyper-connectivity has also programmed our minds to hate “not being” connected, to hate the very thing we need to do more of.

I spend a lot of my time trying to get more done with the time I have. I’m learning that I need to start spending some time trying how to get less done. How to stop and think more. How to slow down and enjoy my wife more, my children more, my friends more.

I’m learning, it’s hard, but I AM learning.

Do you need to slow down? When was the last time you sat, even for 15 min with NO device, NO music, NO internet, NO book? Just sat, and thought?

Maybe you’re due; I know I am.

?Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly?s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don?t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won?t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask ?How are you??, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don?t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won?t last.

Ever told your child, we?ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
?cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don?t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won?t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
it?s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn?t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.?

? David L. Weatherford


Chris Behnke

Inspiration from the Instagram post:

Answers to tough questions are often found while pondering majesty

@alicebehnke kayaking on Sparks Lake in Central Oregon with Mandie her little yorkie

#entrepreneurlife #centraloregon #bendoregon #bend #kayaking #getoutside

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