Alarm rings. 5am. Quick shower, check emails over breakfast. Drive into the office. Traffic jams as far as the eye can see. Late for the 8am meeting. 4, 5, 6 hopeful co-workers chorus in requests of (not-so) small favors, due by closing. Laptop dies, printer jam, time to get lunch. Wait in line for 20 minutes, eat fast or you’ll be late! Quick phone conference with the boss, add three things to the to-do list. Oh- it’s 5pm! Time to head back.
Traffic jam, yet again, put on your lipstick in the car. Change in the bathroom, hurry up! It’s your sister’s birthday dinner. Happy birthday, I’ve got to go, choir practice in ten minutes. Blot the lipstick, break your heel, think, Why am I doing this? No time for complaining, change your shoes, almost time for your solo! Wait- where’d that sheet music go? Speed home, pick it up, three minutes late.
11pm, check your email, do you have any missed calls? Exhaustion. Falling asleep, thinking, can I handle this again?
Life gets busy. Deadlines, relationships, and the attempt to balance everything (expected and unexpected) that comes our way can be draining. Finding oasis through the busy, stressful, chaos of the desert is what keeps us attentive, inspired, and present.
How do you find pause in the busyness of life?
Images via Abby Hamilton