It is the US way, isn't it? Rushing ahead? Being more productive with less resources in a shorter amount of time? Working longer hours with less vacation? At least that is the story we tell ourselves. The US isn't quite tops in most hours worked and being most productive, but we are definitely up there. Today, I will make this entry short and sweet. The actual most productive country in the world works an average of 10 hours less than the US per worker. Luxembourg tops the charts and has an average of 29 hours per week worked. The contribution per worker is $93.4 per hour worked vs $68.3 for the US. Luxembourg doesn't need to work amount the US is working because they trounce us in productivity.
Which just goes to show that sometimes less is more. Slowing down can cause increase. And self-care is communal-care.
My prayer for you this week and in the weeks ahead is that you will be able to find moments of stillness and self-care in the midst of the cacophony of voices asking for more, more, more.
“If you're always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you're in? Slow down and enjoy the moment you're in and live your life to the fullest.”
― Nanette Mathews