9. “Slower” (The Hajj Journal)

A clock sitting in the middle of a traffic circle.

September 12, 2015

Life moves at a different pace here. It’s almost like time is slower. I’m sitting in the courtyard of the Prophet’s mosque, and almost everyone seems to walk at just a tad slower pace then back home. I recently came from the shopping centre, and even there it’s not nearly as frantic or hectic as, say, West Edmonton Mall. People rarely seem to be in a rush here –even when crossing the street into oncoming traffic.

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Reflections on Burnout

Burned out match

Sometimes I envy slackers. They have a pretty good idea how to keep things chill, and not stress out too much. They don’t worry too much about what work needs to be done, only what’s going on right now.

Then on the other side of the spectrum, you have people who try and fill every waking minute with work, with business, with getting stuff done. Sounds productive? Well, it is until you crash.

And that’s what happened to me. Multiple times. So here’s what I’ve learned about it:

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