Busy is Good and Slow is Bad
Once a year, perhaps even less often, I make a journey to visit a certain bank. I always get an appointment with one and only one particular customer service person. Why? She is a key person (a fixture) and very experienced, in a rather large and extremely busy branch, but her office is a an oasis of calm. Walking through her office door is like entering another dimension.
I made this financial pilgrimage just yesterday. Possibly for the last time.
My point is that the whole place and all the people in the bank are whirling about doing whatever it is they do. As I was sitting in her office many of her workmates would come in and get advice from her, ask questions and she'd always respond in a relaxed and confident tone. Then go back to my business at hand. She has the uncanny ability to not get swept up in the harried environment that surrounds her. She is immune to it.
As I was sitting there I was thinking the very same thing as you've pointed out here. The level of first world busyness is insane.
What I'd like to add to the conversation is that you can condition the mind, body and spirit to be unaffected by this busyness, no matter the intensity, yet still interact with it.
This personal quality or personal control or however you'd like to describe it, is one that I'm most interested in attaining it's attributes. Transport hubs are often in the larger cities and being in an unwavering calm, cool and collected state of mind doesn't waste mental energy on the negative aspects of big city life.
And I'm not from a small town.
Your words... "Enjoy the trip" always haunt me. Any time I'm on the move whether short or long, at some point this phrase pops into my head. I repeat it like a mantra. For this reason I'm continually seeking ways to do just that.
Hello Eric, nice to read comments of yours on the blog.
When I made this post, I had a keep my priorities in line moment in my mind because I did not have anyway to file the happiness links above.
If a person looks at the home page of HoboTraveler.com there are about 150 links of subject that in many ways related to travel.
I have all these links in my favorites, and I save links to each subject whereby I will be able to slowly update these pages.
Well, "Happiness" is not on the list of topics that I show related to Travel.
"Enjoy the trip."
Hmm, I do say "Life is good" many times, and yet I have not incorporated the pursuit of "Happiness" as a priorty topic.
I believe I need to change this and add to the top 150 topic of travel on the front of HoboTraveler.com.
Truly the number one priority of travel should be the pursuit of happiness.