I’ve developed a bit of a habit recently listening to podcasts when I’m in the car (I spend a lot of time in the car) or in the mornings at home when cooking up breakfast… usually whilst rushing around.
One Tim Ferriss podcast really hit me recently (Tim Ferriss is a well-known American entrepreneur, author and podcaster). Derek Sivers was the guest of this particular podcast and he explained how some years back when he was living in LA he would cycle this same long beachside route every single day; red faced, huffing and puffing, trying to complete the route as fast he could – rushing the journey. One day, for some reason, he decided to take his time and enjoy the ride. He breathed the air, enjoyed the view and even spotted dolphins in the sea and beautiful birds in the sky. He was in the present moment, and realized what life he had been wasting.
This same journey usually took him precisely 43 minutes when rushing, took him 48 minutes (or less) when he decided to just take his time. The rushing was not worth the 5 minutes.
It made me question – is the rushing we seem to do every day worth it? I’ve learnt to occasionally “stop and smell the roses”.
I’ll end this with a quote from a great film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off;
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Charlie H. Cooksey has a keen interest and involvement in media & marketing, travel, cars, house music, weight lifting and learning… He likes to write about things he’s learnt/pondering or interesting stuff he’s stumbled upon in his travels.