We’re Living In The Fast Lane. Are You Going Where You Want To Go?


The trouble with life in the fast lane is that you get to the other end in an awful hurry.”  ~ John Jensen

Everything is energy, so everything affects everything else–including people. Dynamic changes are taking place in the universe and in the earth, and these changes are disrupting our human energy fields. According to scientific studies, our universe is rapidly expanding, the earth’s magnetic poles are shifting, and the earth’s pulse is speeding up. And that’s enough to sweep us along in a sea of fast moving energy. But it seems most people aren’t even noticing. They’re just running the race to nowhere.

“In an age of movement, nothing is more critical than stillness.”  ~Pico Iyer

Sometimes I wonder how much we’re missing in our fast paced lives. We get anxious, depressed, fed up. Then we pop a few pills and keep running. When was the last time you listened to the birds singing outside? Or read a book to a child? Or told someone you love them or looked into a mirror and said, “I love you?” When was the last time you simply heard the sound of quiet...just quiet?

Have you ever noticed how your own energy affects your world? Do your thoughts and words have a positive influence on your own well being and on the lives of those around you? Human energy is powerful, and we have the ability to produce harmony or chaos. Every thought we think and every word we utter produces an action or response within ourselves, in our environment, and beyond.

I worked on a psychiatric unit in a large hospital in Las Vegas. And each day at 3 pm during shift change, the staff walked quietly through the halls and projected thoughts and words of love and peace into each room. Then whenever staff from another unit came on our unit, they always remarked about how peaceful it felt there, especially for a mental health area. And we smiled.

“Energy never lies. If you work at your right rhythm, you will be more productive.”   ~Judith Orloff

Energy levels differ in different individuals, and I like to think of levels in terms of quarts, pints, and half pints. Quart people feel driven and have to force themselves to slow down. Pint people have all they need for however they want to use it. And half pint people are too tired to keep up with where their mind wants to go. Energy levels depend upon a number of factors–heredity, physical and mental health, life situations, etc, and can change over time. But most people seem to have a mindset that says, “Keep running. Don’t stop.”

“Moving fast is not the same as going somewhere.”  ~ Robert Anthony


What is your energy level, and how are you using it? Are you a dynamo who keeps going until you drop? Or a pint person who gets everything done, but feels guilty when not busy? Or a half pint person who feels like a puny wimp who can’t keep up the pace? After all, isn’t everybody supposed to run through life? I don’t know what would happen if you walked instead of running, but it might be fun to put some balance in your life and find out.

You have the power to rethink your life and choose the way you will live it. And balance is key. But if you don’t do it, it won’t happen. To work on balance, put everything aside for one day and become familiar with (1) your own unique energy level and (2) how you spend it on a day-to-day basis. This knowledge will help you move forward.

Given your energy level, create a plan for balance with work, rest, play, relationships, activities, whatever is important to you, eliminating some things and adding others. Some can be combined like play and work–music while you do laundry.

Who and what you are is not measured by your energy level, so find no fault with yourself. Just stop living in hurry energy, and keep working on this until you’re being who you are in your own way, living a balanced life with inner joy and peace.

I wish you time to enjoy being you.

Marilyn Fowler, Author/Writer . . . “Silent Echoes ” & “Me and Granmama in the Hill Country”

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