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

Author Unknown

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 18, Book 14

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The more I think about it, the bigger waiting appears. It fills so much of our lives.

We’ve all made rash decisions when our impatience got the better of us. We’ve left lines that were barely moving only to get into an even slower line. We’ve taken the pizza out of the oven two minutes early because we just couldn’t wait. 

We may wait patiently or impatiently. Waiting for someone to finish the sentence, we want to shout 'Spit it out ‘

Only with winter patience can we bring
The deep desired, long awaited spring. 

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Life seems to be rushing past us and yet when we are asked or expected to slow down or even stop to wait for someone or something, we get impatient to keep moving on.  We hurry through everyday mundane things like eating, or washing dishes, or driving home, just so that we can move onto the next part of our lives.

Advent gives me a reason to stop and consider the moments.  To touch base with the present and to remember that waiting is part of being in this world with other people.  People we love and we care about.  Sometimes waiting can be wonderful when you are with the right person.

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 



LOVE your Slow Down Therapy. Such good advice.

Scrappy quilter said...

Love this. It seems the older I've gotten, the busier I have become. I really need to take this post to heart. Hugs

betty said...

That was a lot of great advice in that Slow Down Therapy! I know I'm really bad about moving from line to line in stores and then realizing the line I left is the fastest moving after all. Learning to slow down and not minding the wait might be a new year's resolution for me.


jack69 said...

You touched all the bases on this home run.
I had never heard the quote by Lindberg, but boy does it say volumes. The beach!
Moving time for us again tomorrow. Headed back to the Land of Disney area... Seems we do that A lot. We are having good weather.