You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
Just for today I’ll slow down and notice what’s around me…
Ever forward, but slowly
Gebhard Von Blucher
Even at my age, I can sometimes feel the pressure to pack my life full of activity and maximize my time by doing all I can. Busyness has overloaded our minds. And we walk around with this nagging sense that there’s something we forgot to do. Or we feel guilty when we actually do take time to do nothing, be lazy with some friends, or watch a worm inch its way across the sidewalk. But life doesn’t have to be so crazy. The craziness ends when we can embrace the alternative: slowing down.
When you notice that you are lost in the busyness of the day or your life, stop. Simply pause, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you can choose slow.
Speed and busyness is overrated. If we could put less value on the amount of things we get done and more value on how we treat people, including ourselves, perhaps we could master the art of slow. The next moment will come on its own time. For now, enjoy the one that is right in front of you.
Live a life that moves you and makes you smile every day. Because you don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that your life is merely a collection of stressful expectations and somedays and errands and receipts and empty promises.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.