If you’re retired and doing very little or you’re bored or content doing nothing all day, this article isn’t for you. But if you’re busy, productive or running around all day, perhaps just to make it in life; this article may be up your alley. It’s about down-time. Break-time. Shutting-down time. It’s about time to recharge our batteries and get lost in space, time.
Since childhood, some of us have been taught that we have to constantly do “stuff’. Do right stuff. Do perfect stuff. And always do things that produce positive results. We’ve been taught that if we do anything less; we’re less. Well, that’s a daunting challenge to any kid isn’t it? Actually quite a daunting task for us adults too. And then, who really is to say what is good, or what is moral or what is productive. When we’re kids our parents gauge us, and rightly so but in adulthood, who gauges us? We do . . . mostly.
We should make more money, get more prestige, always be in the right, and always be the best. And make sure we know everything—that’s so important to so many of us. Or we should be up on current events whether they’re world events or office events. We strive to get the raise, promotion or to be the best at work. We strive to have the best kids. The best football player’s, soccer players, musicians and on and on and on. We should push and be on top of everything. For you, the kids and the “Joneses. Those damn Joneses!
So, many of us live a life of always on and ready. Former Air Force bomber pilot and author Peter M. McCarthy calls our modern American life one of chronic stress in his book, “Adrenaline Junkie”. And he says it’s causing us our health and hurting our economy as well. McCarthy rightfully says that even when we come home and turn on the television to relax we’re bombarded with 24 hour competing news stories blaring over the waves: Breaking News, News Alert, Developing Story, all enticing us to stay with them. To stay “up” and turned on.
Then there’s smartphones. Always on and always at the ready with some folks. The world and all that is happening is right at our fingertips. Some people scroll their phones on the toilet. Some men read them at the urinal. One hand holding a phone and the other hand holding, well, you know. Always on!
All this being “on” and having to produce is very stressful. No wonder people drink or toke up on a joint (marijuana) regularly. Being constantly on is wrong. I say, slow down. I say, turn off and turn down a few times during the day. I say hell with the Joneses. Use the great fruits of smartphones and television but don’t should yourself to death. If you are struggling in life to get by still find times to completely shut down. Feel comfortable to turn off and tune out. I think this goes for us all. Enjoy yourself. I will. Enjoy yours. I will. Make sure to just simply, enjoy. I will.
Steve's a three-time survivor of violence in his youth and was an award winning police officer.
For several years, Steve also did radio political and current event commentary and taught college Criminal Justice. He is the former host of the long running 'The Kovacs Perspective' Internet radio talk show.
Presently, Steve is the owner and Managing Director of one of the oldest martial art schools in Ohio, 'The Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense'.
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