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If you’re keeping pace with the people around you, you’re probably moving too fast.

LindaMany people live out their lives as though more is good, and faster is better. If they ever recover from being a rush-a-holic, life becomes much sweeter. This change isn’t easy. When there is a desire to linger in the bed in the morning before jumping up to start the day, there might be resistance from the rush-a-holic self. That taskmaster inside the mind yells, “Get up, don’t waste time, there is work to be done, don’t be lazy!”

When there is an impulse to go to bed early to unwind after a hectic day, the inner critic will accuse “You’re weak!” insisting that we push ourselves to be productive until late at night. So many of us cram countless activities, conversations, appointments, phone calls, and errands into each day. And everyone around us seems to be dashing as fast or faster, competing as hard or harder, and we are all breathless.

If we are lucky, one day we will get some shocking news that will jolt us out of our rush-a-holic patterns. In the midst of a crisis, overnight everything changes. There is nothing like a life-threatening illness, the loss of someone we love, being downsized out of our job, or serious financial loss to force one to put things in perspective. Suddenly all those things that had been so important seem trivial. Filling our lives with activities that kept us moving nonstop throughout the day no longer make sense. Priorities drastically change as we loose much of the motivation that had driven us to accomplish and achieve. The crisis has built into it, the opportunity to stop being a “human doing” and start living like a “human being,” more aware of what matters to us, of what our heart truly desired.

One of the first things we may notice is a longing for more intimacy with those we love, and a feeling of sadness over not having it. Even though we may spend time with those that are important to us, the truth may be that we want more time and for that connection to be more meaningful. A crisis can change us like nothing else can, prompting us to carve out intimacy time more frequently than ever before. We might start with tiny micro-breaks during our workdays, and then go on to plan weekend retreats together and vacations, gifting ourselves with all those things that we may have longed for, but rarely done before.

When we stop racing, we do whatever we need to do to slow down. While life in the fast lane may be exciting and stimulating, it does not necessarily promote intimate relationships. The mind travels at a faster speed than the heart. The connection that we seek with those we love requires a slower velocity. Thus, if we want or need to slow down, we must be willing to experience the anxiety and impatience that often accompanies such a change of pace. Slowing down, quieting down, and paying closer attention to our own feelings and needs, as well as those of others, will do more to restore health and well-being to our lives and our relationships than anything else we can do. While it may take a while to break the habit of “rush-a-holism,” once it is broken, our lives are permanently and positively transformed.

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If you’re keeping pace with the people around you, you’re probably moving too fast.


Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW are considered experts in the field of relationships. They have been married since 1972. They have both been trained as seminar leaders, therapists and relationship counselors and have been working with individuals, couples, and groups since 1975. They have been featured presenters at numerous conferences, universities, and institutions of learning throughout the country and overseas as well. They have appeared on over two hundred radio and TV programs. Linda and Charlie are co-authors of the widely acclaimed books: 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married: Simple Lessons to Make Love Last (over 100,000 copies sold) Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love, and Happily Ever After...and 39 Other Myths about Love: Breaking Through to the Relationship of Your Dreams. The Blooms are excited to announce the release of their fourth book, That Which Doesn't Kill Us: How One Couple Became Stronger at the Broken Places. They live in Santa Cruz, California, near their two children and three grandchildren. To view our upcoming events and to sign up for our free newsletter, visit our website at:

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Bloom, L. (2018). If you’re keeping pace with the people around you, you’re probably moving too fast.. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2020, from


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