It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 4, Book 14

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask, How are you?
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done,
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You'd better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Ever told your child,
We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say Hi ?
You'd better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift....
Thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.
Author Unknown

Day 14 of 50: Do less. Slow down and indulge in a simpler schedule. Make time for prayer. You have the whole summer to do yard work and house projects.

I like to think that I live life in the slow lane.  When you do things slowly and with purpose you find that there is a whole lot more to see and appreciate in life,  things that give meaning to your life.

Slow Down Therapy

Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now. 

 Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor. 

Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it's OK to tell them they're pushing.

Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.

Taste your food. God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.

Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.

Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn, or possess. God's gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose will be clear.

When you talk with someone, don't think about what you'll say next. Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.

Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.

Create a place in your home... at your work... in your heart... where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.

Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn't luxury; it's a necessity.

Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow-and now. NOW counts.

Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or condition.
talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by words.

Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.

Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.

Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it's fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.

Make time for play -the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.

Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.

Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.

Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders.There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.

Divide big jobs into little jobs. If God took six days to create the universe, can you hope to do any better?

When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself ‘WHY?' you are rushing and anxious. The reasons may improve your self-understanding.

Take time to read the Bible. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.

Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and efficiency. The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning, not the one who finishes first.

Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from monks and hermits without becoming one.

Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.

Work with your hands. It frees the mind.

Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.

Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.

Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, the invitations. Less really can be more. 

Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do - but often it is the best. 

Take a walk-but don't go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere, you sacrifice the walking.

Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you have more, you are blessed. Bless them in return.

Count your blessings - one at a time and slowly.

Author Unknown

Life is fragile and very short, often circumstances beyond our control, make us change direction along the way. I view each day as precious, not wasting a moment. If you have a dream, don't put it on hold; it's easy to find excuses such as waiting till the children are grown or you'll have more time on your hands once you retire. I highly recommend seizing the moment now and pursue your dreams.  

Today I’m thankful for:

1637. for birds and their sweet songs, music to my ears for sure!
1638.  for a reminder that we all are in Gods tender loving care
1639.  for the  hours of entertainment bird watching provides

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey. 

Harold V Melchert


Hollie said...

OH WOW!! I really needed to read this entry!! So many great things!! I hope you don't mind me sharing them!! Have a BLESSED DAY!!

jack69 said...

You know, Sherry and I were just talking about this. You really do not know how short life is until you get older and know the # of years are limited no matter what health you enjoy!!!
Beautiful day in North Carolina....


Love the Melchert quote. But the song at the beginning really touches my heart.

betty said...

I like that slow down therapy advice; it is true what they say to "stop and smell the roses". We need to just take a deep breath sometimes and indeed slow down!


Carol Z said...

I was in the fast lane for many years and I am so enjoying slowing down. I spent the afternoon wandering through a street fair just a few blocks from my house. I enjoyed the sunshine, taking pictures and yes, a snack, too. A very well-spent afternoon.

Barb Pinion said...

I am, and have always been a snail trying to adapt to a roadrunners world. This post was awesome, contains so much food for thought. Thanks ma. You're the best. Love you.