Hurry Up, Slow Down, It’s New Year

CIRCA 2013


Life, like New Year,
is an ethereal form of renewal.
But only if we give it
time to do so.

After three years of grappling with cancer, Linda Anderson was asked to slow down a little; her willingness for or against it notwithstanding. Linda was a fast paced worker; until bad health caught up with her. When she slowed down she realized how much of life she was missing when she was racing through it. Life, like New Year, is an ethereal form of renewal. But only if we give it time to do so.
The joy of a renewed emergence on the New Year does not, in fact, lie in the celebrations of the day, but in expecting it many days before it has actually arrived. We could not have raced through 2012 as fast as we could so as to expect 2013 as quickly as possible. Everything takes time to happen, which is if we let it happen that way. Life, on the similar lines, takes its twists and turns when it is destined to do so. Linda, who reversed the progression of cancer, was able to understand this when she slowed down. Inspired by the act, and happy with the outcome, Linda shared the secrets to good living in her seminar, Hurry Up, Slow Down.
"I just can't slow down," she quoted others saying, adding, “Most of what we do is our choice. We chose this job; we can choose another for less money and more time. We choose to stay busy because we love how it sounds when we talk to other people. "Oh yes, I am just so busy doing ....." “Busy comes to mean important. We choose to neglect our health by making other things more important. Sometimes, like when a family member is ill, we don't choose. But, these instances are more short term. We have so many possessions we don't need and we rush to get more instead of enjoying what we have”.
In her book, Interludes, she writes, "We expertly dodge or perpetually postpone rest and balance, choosing instead the accumulation of things or titles or others' approval. Many times this is unintentional, but often it is simply the way we choose to live.” Sometimes we feel we do well without balance, or we don’t need it at all. We often choose our body as a parameter for this; we seldom choose what drives it from within. May be because we lack the understanding that both our life and we have a perennial capacity to renew.
Every organism is a resourceful self-renewing system and is able to survive for a very long time. To human beings, among many other higher animals, this applies forever. To help the process of self-renewal perform better, we have to live Inside-Out as much as we live Outside-In. This is because everything within and outside us moves in cycles; perfectly rhythmic, fine-tuned, highly synchronized and one with Nature.
Just as we can’t expect the New Year until we have traveled all 365 days or 12 months, each hour, each season or each day; same way we can’t expect this renewal until we have passed through each stage of it. Each stage is time-specific; control the time, and the process has lost its essence, value and outcome. Instead, we have to control ourselves, and be ‘grounded.’
“It is possible to ground your life, not in reactive impulses, but in creative clarity. It is possible to live in the cycle of self-renewal - in a way that is energizing and consistently meaningful,” says the popular author, Eric Klein.
Abraham Lincoln’s has summed it up all:
And in the end,
it's not the years
in you life that count.
It's the life in your years.
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Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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