They all value quiet time.
While the interrupting phrase “I know you’re busy, but…” continues to be an opening of respect and acknowledgment of authority (busy people are important people), the ship is turning…but slowly.
In my job I have the blessing and curse of creating my own workload. I continually strive to balance being available to meet the needs of individuals and organizations with holding enough time to fully prepare, follow-up, and stay healthy.
In various ways we all run into that dilemma – where to draw boundaries. When does “no” lose its negative connotation and become a positive reinforcement of our previous “yes’s?” And where in this dynamic schedule do we reserve time for partner and family, for quiet renewal?
Jim Collins (Good to Great) says that great leaders know how to look past the noise and clutter to focus on the few things that have the greatest impact. May we all enjoy the impact of quiet.
All the unhappiness of men arises from one simple fact: that they cannot sit quietly in their chamber. Blaise Pascal
Here’s an article by Pico Iyer on Why We Need to Slow Down Our Lives (read now).