Apr 092013

f you feel overwhelmed by responsibilities
…and your life has grown way too complicated, then you might have to go back to basics, and stop that fanatic search for fulfillment, which has gotten so many folks into a situations in which they feel like they’re on a treadmill and can’t get off
. By Bruno Schrotter

There are reasons why many couples these days, both spouses work because they claim they have to make ends meet. Sure, in this society with its wide disparities of income, it mostly takes two breadwinners for families to survive. Welcome to the Keynesian Nightmare!

But in many other instances, what people are really expressing is that they have to pay for the luxuries to which they’ve grown accustomed. The lavish vacations, boats, new cars, brand-name wardrobes, luxury homes, costly golf club memberships, and motor homes that cost more than some homes in a middle class neighborhood.

From another perspective, the fact remains that we didn’t bring anything into this world, and we won’t take anything with us when we leave. But human nature always wants more than we need, and that’s when most wind up on a slippery slope, and fall into all sorts of traps and temptations, and as a result be dragged down by those foolish and harmful desires.

Now, there is nothing wrong with having high aspirations and to shop until you drop… if you can afford it. But when you borrowed money to do so, the devil will become your co-pilot, and trust me… you’re not going to like his flight plan.

It seems a major re-evaluation of one’s priorities is needed.

First of all, don’t pride yourself of never having an idle moment. When there is no time to quieten your mind, there is no time for the soul to grow.

The person who walks through the countryside sees much more than the one who runs or drives.

The British philosopher Bertrand Russell said once, “A certain power of enduring boredom is essential to a happy life. A life too full of excitement dulls the palate, substituting titillation for profound satisfaction, cleverness for wisdom and jagged surprises for beauty.”

Russell also pointed out that the lives of most great men have not been exciting except at rare moments. Nor did the great men of the past travel widely.

Russell was very critical of modern parents who “provide their children with far too many passive amusements. They do not realize the importance to a child of having one day like any other except for somewhat rare occasions.”

Constructive purposes, Russell observed, “do not easily form themselves in a child’s mind if he is living a life of distractions.”

We are creatures of the Earth, Russell said. “We draw our nourishment from it just as the plants and animals do. The rhythm of Earth’s life, to which the human body has adapted through the ages, is slow. Rest is as essential as motion.”

A happy life, said Russell, must be to a great extent a quiet life “for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.”

In his book “Intimacy With the Almighty,” Charles Swindoll writes, “Noise and words and frenzied, hectic schedules dull our senses, closing our ears to His still, small voice and making us numb to His touch.”

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