Selling Ourselves Short

When I retreat to the silence, solitude, prayer and worship of a monastery, I frequently wrestle with a familiar question: How did I—yet again—let my life get so out of balance, busy, hectic, distracted and frenetic?

Overwork and stress are perennial themes in our society, and ironically our technological lifestyle makes us even busier, as so-called labor-saving devices increase our sense of burden and obligation. This is not a hunch supported only by anecdotes or a nostalgically wistful longing for more leisurely former days. Statistics show that North Americans are working more than ever.


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