A Thought about Time
We try to make time, to make up time, to save time, but there
is only so much of it around no matter what we do – we all
have only a certain amount; we can’t make more, or save
some for a rainy day. Nevertheless, think of it this way: if time
is money, spending time as if you were a millionaire is a luxury
we can all partake in. Change your relationship towards time:
time is not to be feared; it’s a benign element that we
all live in.
the Right Speed
If you stop and think for a moment, you soon realise that everything
that happens has a speed that’s ideal. If you need to pedal
in the Argus Cycle Tour, you’ll do it fast; but if you’re
enjoying a movie, you won’t put it on fast-forward. Every
act has an appropriate speed, and this is life’s challenge:
to find the ideal speed for each action. The common mistake is to
try to do everything faster, mistaking speed for improvement; but
instead of doing this, try to do everything at the right speed.
What is the “right” speed? It’s the speed that
feels comfortable, the speed that allows you to appreciate what
it is you are doing, the speed that allows you to be “in the
moment”. Be true to this, and your life will certainly improve.
Karoshi : A Cautionary Tale
Kamei Shuji works as a stockbroker. In the late 1980s, during
the Japanese stock market boom, he would regularly work 90 hour
weeks – that’s nearly an incredible thirteen hours
a day, including Saturdays and Sundays. When the market started
looking shaky, he worked even longer hours. His boss loves him,
and he is championed as the star employee, a role model for the
rest of the company. Only problem is, Shuji died of a heart attack
in 1990. He was twenty-six, a victim of karoshi, death by overwork.
He unfortunately did not remember the parable of the tortoise
and the hare.