Leave Room for Yourself
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
The personal significance of the above quote from one of my favorite movies has evolved since my high school days. In high school, Ferris' wisdom was a good reminder to get my head out of the books every now and then and have some fun. Stressing about grades and college, while a necessary evil, was not always conducive to a fun high school experience.
Today, Ferris’ words are a good reminder for me to slow down every now and then and make room and time in my schedule for me. This might sound kind of selfish; but with a driven family (four kids and my wife), a company to run, a Scout troop to guide, a baseball team to help coach, and all of the world’s problems to solve, I will be ineffective if I lose myself. If I never make time for reflection, relaxation (on my terms and on things I like to do), and recharging of my batteries I become vulnerable to losing myself; therefore, in reality, it would be selfish of me to NOT make time for myself.
I, like much of our society (at least here in the States), am pretty good at making a bed for myself that is busy and hectic, yet not always productive. Busyness does not always translate into productivity and results. Sometimes busyness is just an exercise in movement — full of aimless wandering and the delusion of accomplishment. Sometimes it is hard to recognize when we are stuck in a busyness loop.
Continue reading the Cognascents' blog to see how taking time for yourself is a crucial part of your success.