I am convinced that modern Americans’ being obsessed with speed, the need to get things done and accomplished as fast as possible is out of control!
Virtually all of us have too much going on, all the time. We say we don’t have time eat right, don’t have time to exercise, don’t even have time to do our jobs properly, with full concentration. And this is in spite of rushing through our days, from dawn to dusk- commuting to work as fast as we can, not sleeping enough (because we have lots to do the night before!), no time to prepare healthy meals, and so on and on it goes. No time to meditate, no time to feel grateful for what we have, no time for play, NO TIME!
This is self-delusion. If your employer is forcing you to rush needlessly, your results will suffer, and your company will eventually fail, or at least do poorly. Find another job. Do it slowly, deliberately, or else just take your time, explain yourself, and take the heat. You are in the right, know that at least!
Medical Doctors in residency are abused overall- forced to do without sleep, working 100 plus hours per week, and make tons of mistakes because of it. And this is sanctioned by the AMA, this abusive treatment. The future Doctors suffer, and so do the patients they treat. So, our supposed “healers” wind up being some of the worst offenders of one of the basic tenets of healthy living- adequate sleep.
My advice? JUST SLOW DOWN. The only time I allow myself to rush now is when I am performing barefoot sprinting in the yard. This is a deliberate, controlled stress that actually builds my strength and stamina, not deplete it. It is short, and doesn’t last that long, and it is followed by intense relaxation.
The most likely causes of death are, in order: heart disease, cancer, iatrogenesis- which is a term for death by doctor. This is dying because of an MD making a wrong diagnosis, a mistaken procedure, or simply caused by following his prescription drug advice! Often, the “death by doctor” is aggravated by the doctor’s chronic sleep deprivation!
The fourth most likely cause of death? Transportation deaths, usually car crash deaths. The number one cause here is a tie: alcohol use while driving, and driving while sleep deprived! Actually, being sleep deprived impairs your driving ability just as much as being drunk.
It is interesting that our expressways are loaded with folks in a huge hurry to get where they are going, at all times. Even going on vacation, they rush there, and then sit around, exhausted from the mad rush and stress of driving at high speeds with danger all around.
Myself? I have learned the pleasure of enjoying the journey, not the destination alone. I take two lane roads across more rural areas, enjoying the drive, the scenery, the many opportunities to stop without danger. (Expressways are most dangerous when you need to get off.)
As the author of Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon has put it: “On two-lane roads, life happens at the edge of the road, for almost every mile.” And usually, the journey is less in terms of miles traveled, and is often as fast as, or nearly as fast, as taking a high stress tollway with cars careening at breakneck speeds, and giant semi-trucks that could crush your car with a slight wandering of the drivers attention. Where I dreaded long interstate trips, I really enjoy leisurely, “blue highway” adventures in travel!
So stop the mad rush to nowhere, now! Take the time to do things well and thoroughly. Meditate, exercise, prepare wonderful paleo meals. Make a daily green paleo smoothie to maximize nutrition. Sleep a full 8 hours of more per night! Remember, just because “everyone else” loves to drive as fast as they can on expressways all the time, seeing nothing, they are not paleo people, like you and I!
They also don’t sleep enough, eat processed, fast food “meals”, rush through life without really experiencing it, don’t exercise, and are riddled with all of the diseases of modern civilization. Just go through life at a human pace, a paleo pace- now, you are really living!