Archives for April 2013
Dwarfed by the thunderous roar of the elevated freeway, I felt an urge to jump on a return flight. A busy metropolis, Honolulu instantly overwhelmed me with its overcrowded, unending expanse of concrete and construction juxtaposed against an innocent sky, sea, and smattering of proud peaks. Houses, stacked one just above and behind the other, tightly lined every hillside. High risers dotted the stuffed lowlands.
When busy stops it can be a shock. It takes time to acclimate to quiet time off. At first, you might find yourself looking for something to do. In fact, in the face of free time, there’s the temptation to shift the focus, but still keep doing too much.
In these chaotic modern times, most people live in their head rather than their heart. Busyness, independence, accomplishment, success, and even a focus on self-improvement often take priority over people, and a direct experience of the world around us.
Also, living in your head may unconsciously be chosen because it protects you from dreaded feelings of vulnerability and fear. What if your Achilles heel was exposed or even the real you? You might be subject to rejection or even failure.