When I look at society today, I see one common thread - stress. People are rushing here and there, demanding answers right now! Everything is a competition; we must be the best! But to what end? And in the effort to "win", what do we give up? What do we lose?
How many tools and gadgets have been created to assure that we keep up this fast-paced race to nowhere? The original point of modern conveniences, like washing machines and vacuum cleaners, was to allow us more leisure time. Instead, we rely on them to get things done quicker so we have more time to work. Even as I write this, I feel the stress building in my upper back. So, how do we begin to change this pattern, this insistence that we have to go faster and do more to acquire more stuff? That is the very question I asked the Runes this week. How can we take time to relax and incorporate some tranquility into our lives?
Several years ago, I visited Munich and heard this motto or saying from numerous people there - we work to live, we don't live to work. That is the point the Runes are making. Work is a tool to help us enjoy our lives. We are not tools for the work that we do.