Chances are, that you have other windows open, or other devices going as you read this. Or maybe you have other things competing for your attention; demands from family or friends; work obligations; or a personal “to do list”. Sometimes it seems that today is not good enough, that there is always something bigger and better. And, because today is just an inconvenience on the way to something better, we rush through it paying as little attention as possible. Best to have more things going at once as well, that way we can get more of the unnecessary stuff out the way before we get to the good bits.
Whilst this might seem productive in one sense, it also acts to corrode our relationships; undermine our connection to the value of our daily efforts; and causes us to skim over our emotions. It also adds a great deal of stress into people’s lives, because we stretch ourselves bit by bit to meet each new demand. When people come into therapy because of stress, I often start by showing them this video. I like the way it emphasises the value of experience over achievement. Why not take the time to have a look for yourself.