Time to chill out..!
To his surprise, he found it wasn’t a coon at all, but a monkey. In a little while, his friend heard an awful commotion up in the tree. Then he heard a voice screaming down at him, “Help! Help! Just shoot up here,” his friend said. “One of us will get some relief.”
Does your life ever feel like you’re wrestling with a monkey and somehow, somewhere, you have to get some relief? If so, you’re not alone. People actually need more relief now than ever before. We are living more stressful, faster-paced lives than ever. An international study was conducted to measure the speed of life.
An experiment was conducted by researchers who secretly timed, how fast thousands of pedestrians walked in London, Madrid, Singapore and New York. According to this study, we walk about 10% faster now than twenty years ago, when a similar experiment was conducted. The biggest changes are found in and around Asia, where the pace of life in China increased by over 20% and where Singapore showed a 30% increase.
A common expression we hear today is, “Chill.” Just take it easy? Chill. Chilling is pretty good advice, actually. Especially if the word “chill” is spelled this way:
C - Calm down. When you’re anxious, frenzied or pressed, stop. Take a deep breath and ask yourself, “Why?” H - Hold back. Set a reasonable pace. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
If you want to last, pace yourself. And take time to rest. I - Indulge your desire for fun. Do something fun everyday and try to put fun in your usual activities.
L - Learn how to just be. You already know how to DO. Take time to BE. Don’t measure your life by what you accomplish, but by who you are. Be present. Be attentive. But be.
L - Let it go. You are not responsible for everything and everybody. In the immortal words of poet Robert Browning, “God’s in His Heaven; all’s right with the world.”
You may feel like you’re wrestling with a monkey, but if you need some relief, “Chill” is a good word to remember…!