Exhausted, overwhelmed and over scheduled.
Ever feel like you just need to catch your breath?
Are you in need of breathing room? Breathing room within your schedule, within your relationships, within your finances?
Andy Stanley coined the term ‘breathing room’ as ‘the space between our current pace and our limit.’
Life is better with breathing room.
The pace of our modern day life has become so fast and filled to the brim with activity.
But everyone’s doing it!
What drives this crazy schedule and frantic pace, what makes us live to the limits of our boundaries with little margin?
Fear of missing out, fear of failure, fear of being left behind, fear of not being good enough… In the Bible, Moses said ‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.’ What Moses was saying is help me to live with the end in mind, or as Stephen Covey puts it…let us begin with the end in mind. Let us deeply consider our own frailty, and the shortness and uncertainty of life. When we understand this, it helps us to live with the right priorities.
When we fritter away our one and only life, doing things that don’t really matter, we sacrifice the things that do matter. In the middle of the chaos of our hustle and bustle, we neglect the most important, those that are closest to us, our family, our friends and our health. We miss out on key moments, moments to treasure…sitting around the table enjoying a delicious meal, celebrating your kid scoring his first rugby try, a kiss, a cuddle, a romantic walk… All because you neglected to create a life, a space, a schedule with room to breath.
In Andy Stanley’s book ‘Breathing|Room’ he writes about Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who spends most of her time with men and women in the last 12 weeks of their life. She began to ask these people a profound question. ‘Do you have any regrets?” These were the two most common regrets; ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.’ ‘I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.’ How sad. Makes you think.
I’m reminded of the classic fable about the tortoise and the hare. Who won the race between the two? The tortoise. Why? Because the tortoise was steady, easy going, forward moving and unpressured. The hare however was running here and there, frazzled, frantic and unfocused. In all the hustle and bustle the hare lost sight of the goal.
Are you living a life without breathing room? Without margin? Neglecting those most precious to you?
Then it’s time to start getting intentional, rigorously examining your life and start making a change. Life coaching can move you from here to there. Contact me to book a complementary discovery session.
Let me know in the comments, how do you create breathing room in your own hectic schedule?
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