Whose ‘Dead’ – line is it?

by Sandra Williamson, Hairdresser, Brisbane

A friend was feeling a lot of pressure the other day to complete some very big things on time. So the question was asked, “Are you feeling the pressure of a deadline”? – with the response being “Yes”. My next question was, “Whose deadline is it”?

The next moment we both came to the awareness that by the way she was feeling, it could well be her ‘DEAD – line’.

A little exaggeration, but also true.

We could both sense what she was putting herself through to accomplish all that was needed; and if she just pushed through, well when it was done, she could then come back to caring for herself properly.

How many times, in big and small ways, have I put myself second or third to the ‘things’ around me that need attention?

A few days later I was chatting to another friend who had a very big work Dead – line, and the “Whose Dead – line?” question was again raised.

As she was leaving, we chatted about regularly taking a 5-minute breather from the computer, and not being so overwhelmed by what’s in front of you that you don’t even go to the toilet when needed. She nodded, saying she knew that experience.

By the great, interesting, and on occasions a little personally challenging (to me) presentations offered by Serge Benhayon, some of the most seemingly simple but significant things that we put ourselves through have a new light cast upon them.

Like in my case, being so absorbed in work overwhelm that I wouldn’t take a break… not even to pee. And now I know I’m not the only one who has been caught by that experience. But I won’t be again. I know no matter what is going on, I’ll be able to look after what I need and support myself through a pressure time.

No matter who is running the Dead – line I know it won’t be me DEAD on time.

196 thoughts on “Whose ‘Dead’ – line is it?

  1. Before reading this I just saw a headline in the news that a 24-year-old man died from being overworked. This is crazy but also an indicator of how we forego our most natural way of caring for our body when it comes to being ‘successful’, gaining approval and being seen in a certain light by bosses, parents etc.

  2. Good point Sandra. What could be more important than taking care of ourselves properly, yet how often we put our self-care needs second to other factors. But at what cost? And what is the quality of our work or our expression when we neglect our own wellbeing?

  3. Deadlines have really been that for me… If I move out of my rhythms and cycles that are inherent within me, and that move me within a grace that I know and love, I start to move to another rhythm that has no love, has no harmony, and wreaks havoc upon me.

  4. In the past I have used self-imposed deadlines as a way of overcoming my tendency to procrastinate about anything that I was not confident about completing. The result of this was that I put myself under a lot of tension which definitely impacted those around me and my vitality and ability to see the joy in life. It feels like DEAD-lines suck the life out of us and it is only when we commit to taking loving care of ourselves whatever the pressures we are under to complete things that we can feel how we are able to live lovingly and with purpose whilst completing the tasks that need to be accomplished.

  5. The word ‘deadline’ says it all really – the threat, the anxiousness, the raciness, the speed. Life is lived in moments and the continuum of speediness and being ahead of ourselves is not what the body can harmoniously respond to.

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