A news article on Google the other day shocked the daylights out of me. A young HR professional, had strangulated his six day old wife and had attempted suicide. Why in the world would someone want to commit such acts, I am still unable to fathom. The person concerned said that, his newly married wife detested him with all her heart and that prompted the attack. Mind you this is not a one off incident. What is alarming is that the numbers are rising daily!
Makes me wonder, are we so stressed out and intolerant, that in a matter of six days they both could sum up each other – which normally would have taken others years to figure out.
Intolerance along with stress according to me is the root cause of such crazy attacks. Progress and an increased pace of life seems to be taking its toll on us. We live lives like a copper wire in a fuse ?ready to burst at the slightest perceived provocation. No doubt violence is on the rise in every city and country the world over. We now live in a world of instant gratification. We want instant coffee, instant tea, instant cash and even immediate promotions and pay hikes. Patience seems to be a virtue of the past.
Mind you I am not against progress and modernization. The benefits will be too many to list. But what has also happened in the name of progress is, we are now in a rat-race. In our quest of wanting to be the biggest and fattest rat on the block, we have no time to stop and smell the roses. We have little or no time for our spouses, children, parents and believe it or not ourselves!! Is it a wonder that depression, anxiety, anger, lack of focus and other such thoughts and feelings are on the rise? This in turn affects our body in the form of palpitations, headaches, high blood pressure, stomach upsets and the like. Let us not forget the number of divorces and crimes as well. Looking at the ever rising numbers it will be wise to invest in shares of pharmaceutical companies, or maybe study criminal law!
It is also a fact that we will not be able to kill all the stress in our life. But what we also know is that we have more control of our life, than what we think. We need to avoid, alter, adapt, or accept in order to beat the slow and steady spreading modern day malady called stress. It is time we realize that there will be just 24 hours in a day to balance our personal and professional lives.
We will all have deadlines to meet, responsibilities to fulfill, bills to pay and the like. Yet we need to find time for relationships, relaxation and fun. We need to be able to re-charge our batteries; like we do of this? without which I cannot live gadget? we call the cell-phone.
We are every ready to take part in various causes like save the planet, save the tiger, save water and the like. But there is a cause which is long overdue and that is Save You. Do not get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget to take care of your own needs. Nurturing yourself is a necessity, not a luxury – else you may not be around to fight for any other causes you believe in.
Author: Charmaine Albuquerque- India