The other morning I woke up at about 4 AM after falling asleep at about 10 PM. That’s occasionally normal for me; perhaps I ate a bit too much the night before, or something in the room woke me up a bit earlier than I might have otherwise slept. No big deal.
Typically I’ll go back to sleep until at least 5 or 6 AM to maximize rest & recovery, but I made the mistake of looking at the clock, which triggered a flow of thinking.
Thoughts such as ‘will I fall back to sleep before I should wake up’ and ‘all of the things I have to do today’ and ‘should I just get up now and start doing them early’, and so forth.
I rested until 5 AM, then got up, and set about to ‘doing things’.
I started with my usual morning routine, but then something different happened.
I noticed that I was rushing.
Rushing because after all of that thinking, I felt as if I ‘had so much to do, and, so little time to do it’.
Then something else happened. I wondered, ‘where was I rushing to?’
To what end? To the completion of … all of my ‘things to do’. No, that’s already been proven to be false, as there is a never-ending stream of things to do.
The answer is simple and obvious: there is nowhere to rush to.
Yes, certainly you & I have plenty of business and responsibilities to tend to, but there is nowhere to rush to. There is no end, no finish line.
There is only what’s most important.
If you really think about that, and absorb it, that small shift can remove a lot of suffering.
No need to feel the pressure to finish everything, because that’s impossible.
Finish what you need to? Sure, there’s plenty of time for that. I promise.