Humans in Hyperdrive

There is something about the week after Labor Day. It feels like everyone goes into hyperdrive.

I marvel at the people who don’t get caught up in it all. I am in awe of the people who work hard and get done what needs to get done, but who don’t completely lose themselves in the process.

I admire the people who move at a pace that is natural to them, that allows their energy to be calming and uplifting without draining the room.

I used to be a human in hyperdrive, but I’ve learned that time is a precious resource. I’ve learned that being frantic and anxious and always in a rush makes me miss out on the joy that comes from living a more mindful, centered life.

I’m not always successful at this. Trust me. But every day I try to set my intention and give myself permission to not be in such a hurry all the time.

And guess what? My kid still gets to school, my e-mail still gets answered, and I hopefully don’t leave a wake of toxic fumes along my path.

So even after Labor Day when the world seems to switch into high gear, give yourself permission to breathe and take your time.

Set your compass on what really matters in your life and, while you are moving at your own pace, look at all those people rushing to nowhere.

I used to be one of them.

Change your life. Change the world. Now that’s a message worth passing on.

About the Author

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Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. Shriver was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation's premier forum for women, The Women's Conference. Shriver's work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be what she calls Architects of Change -- people who see a problem in their own life or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution. Like her page on Facebook or follow her on Instagram.

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