There is actually a training program to help athletes move faster in
chaotic situations. It is called “Chaos sport speed training”. Learning
to respond quickly during sports activities is likely to be a recipe for
success. Moving quickly can be extremely important in many areas of our
lives. At work if we move too slowly we might not be able to keep our jobs
and it often seems as if we need to rush to get things done. On the other
hand there are times when moving quickly only serves to stress us out and
bring us to a state of exhaustion. Sometimes when we are moving too fast we
make costly mistakes that are often difficult to fix.
Back in the nineteen seventies there was a book called “Moving at The Speed
of Life”. (I recently tried to search for it and was unsuccessful) What I
do remember from reading it was that we tend to move too fast too often and
miss out on a lot of valuable experiences.
If we notice that we are moving too fast and believe that this speed
contributes to our discomfort or contributes to health related issues than
how can we slow down. There are a variety of possibilities for slowing
down. One important thing we might change is to explore possibilities for
doing less and prioritize what is really important to us. My good friend
has a question that he asks himself when faced with situations that are
stressful but possibly not all that important. The question he asks is,
“Against the backdrop of eternity what difference does it make”. I once
attended a lecture given by a Buddhist Monk who asked another question
“Where are we all rushing to?”. His answer was “the cemetery”. Although
not a very delightful thought it does present us with a powerful image that
might put things in perspective at times.
Are we really present when we are eating, working, walking, being on the
beach, or interacting with our family friends or is our mind somewhere
else? Do we spend much of our energy thinking about that others think of
us as opposed to being present in this moment. There are times that I am
grateful when my girlfriend reminds me that I am eating too fast or that I
am working too hard. Quite often I need to remind myself to be present and
even challenge my concern about what other think of me. What difference
does it really make?