Be Still

Be still.

For a moment.

Feel your breath coming in and going out. Listen to your thoughts.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Isn't it amazing?

In this modern world where activity and busyness are the default modes, it seems contradictory. People try to cram as much into every minute of the day as possible. When we are not busy, we are seen as unproductive and lazy.

Some people even compete by trying to show others how busy they are. They walk around fast holding a bunch of documents and looking terrified and confused as if the files they are holding meant the world.

Someone had 100 things on his to-do list. Is that it? I have 200! The winner is the person who has the most insane schedule, who rushes from one activity to the next, tired, drained, confused, and out of focus. It’s as if that means the busiest person is the most successful and important.

When we’re constantly rushing, we will miss out life itself. Rushing around is counterproductive. You can run around crazily, but still get nothing done. Or you may get a lot done – but nothing important.

Take a moment to think about how you spend your days. Are you always in a hurry? Are you always trying to get things done like a machine? Is this how you want to spend your life?

If so, peace be with you. 

If not, take a moment to be still. Don’t think about what you have to do, or what you’ve done already. Just stay still and be in the moment.

Then after a few seconds, contemplate your life. 

Thank God for the air you’re breathing. 

Thank God for the life He gave you. 

Thank God for the loved ones He trusted under your care. 

See life with more thankfulness, more contemplation, more peace.

We have been conditioned that the busier the better. But I don’t buy that. The speed of doing something is not as important as what we focus on doing. You can do fewer things than others – but with much more impact.