The Treadmill Grind

While it’s not my intention to write about a new coffee blend, this blog does share something common with our welcome morning cup of joe.   Some of us like it straight black while others will hold out until they hit the nearest ‘bucks’ and order a Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte. Regardless, most of us will take a moment with that initial sip and savour it.  “Ahhh…”

So my question to all of you today is, how many of you step out of your daily routines long enough to savour whatever is happening in the moment?  If savour doesn’t strike a chord then try appreciation. If still nothing then what about a reflection on gratitude? Still no? How about any moment in which we experience a genuine moment of contentment.   Anyone?

If the last paragraph caused you to dig deep into your hard drives for any recollections that fit the bill, chances are that you are suffering from ‘LTGS’ or Longterm Treadmill Grind Syndrome.  Has the focus to get ahead, check off another box, meet another deadline, deadened us to life itself? Despite all our responsibilities and timelines are there really, truly, no opportunities to experience moments of real happiness during the day?

If so, how did we allow it to get that way?

Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell suggests it takes 10,000 hours to master your core skill or ‘craft’.   Let’s break that down: 40 hour work week (I’m hearing “hah, 40 hours – I wish”) x 50 weeks a year works out to 2,000 hours a year.  Using that reference it would take the equivalent of 5 years of full time ‘practice’ to become expert in our talent.

When asked what their ultimate goals in life are most people inevitably state they ‘wish to be happy’.  While this seems like a sensible objective, is it congruent with our day to day practices? If our focus is on everything exclusive of any moments of genuine contentment, how can we expect to achieve the objective of being happy?

The proverbial ‘take time to smell the roses’ is an expression we’ve all heard but few practice.  If we take the time to regularly pay specific attention to the people around us during the day a startling reality emerges – there are very few truly happy people on the treadmill.  

May this insight prompt you to explore life off the treadmill.

Stephen Roehrig
Managing Director
InTrust Communications Inc.

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