A few day ago, I wrote about how life is about choices and I chose to be happy. As I looked into this more, I realized it is not just about happiness. It also affects how I use my time,how I manage my energy and what I decide to give attention to. In the past 6 months I have taken steps to consciously chose not to be stressed and to tried to live the kind of life I really want. The funny thing is, these days I started feeling bad that I wasn’t stressed and my life wasn’t so ‘busy’ as usual. I started feeling weird for not really worrying about anything? Now, that’s scary as I think of it.It seems good things could be seen as bad once we are used to the bad things.
Many of us hurry through life going from one place to the next, focused on conquering the next mountain, making the next deal, running the next errand, and believing we will never have enough time to do all the things we need to get done. Yet, there is all the time in the world if we just realize that we are the creators of this life we choose to live. That’s right. Life is a series of choices and being free from stress is one of those choices.
Whether your business life is overly complicated or your personal life (or both), you have chosen this current system of chaos. The world is a tantalizing swirl of getting the next “fix,” tempting us to fit more and more things, people and processes into our lives, personally and professionally. And because we are so busy being busy, it’s easy to be lured into the fray, with our lengthy to-do lists. Yet, the greatest achievements have often come from the simplest of ideas and in the simplest forms.
To experience a simplified life, we first have to learn to slow down long enough to see through all the clutter. We need to realize that we are powerful magnets that attracted this life to ourselves—no matter what—good or bad. More importantly, you have to realize you have a right not to be stressed.