Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Slowing the Pace

Does it sometimes seem to you that everyone is in a hurry to get to the next thing?

Hurry up so you can get it over with so you can move on and hurry up again. We find ourselves moving through life at such a fast pace we hardly have time to enjoy it.

As a child I was often being told to hurry up. I guess some of the adults in my life thought I was too slow. I liked to take my time, but others just wanted to get things done.

At college with my job in the cafeteria, they were always trying to figure out how to be more efficient. It was all about how to do everything faster, a race to see how much time could be saved. The problem was that too much emphasis was put on performance almost to the point of treating people as machines.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of running around feeling stressed or doing things to try to please everybody.

What if we decided to slow down?

Rather than rushing through our tasks we learned to enjoy each step.

Rather than scheduling our lives so we have to keep moving, why not eliminate some things to slow the pace a little?

Why is it so hard to take things a little slower?

Are we afraid of what we might find if we actually took time to stop, to think, to question, to address our deepest desires or fears?

Have we forgotten how to slow ourselves?

Are we so used to the fast pace that we think we are wasting time if we slow down?

When we pause for a break do we feel guilty, like we should be doing something?

If we deviate from our everyday routines, are we afraid of getting behind?

What would be the advantage of slowing down?

Instead of being stuck in what seems like an endless cycle, why don’t we stop and reevaluate our situations? We obviously can’t change everything, but we could find ways to make our lives more enjoyable.

We could eliminate unnecessary activities. I know that I sometimes spend too much time on social media. I could limit the time there and use it to create art or sit outside and relax a few minutes. We could intentionally go through our days choosing to slow down enough to notice things, to interact more with our surroundings, to see the beauty that might otherwise be hidden.

As we do this we could practice gratitude.

We could say aloud our praise to God or even burst into song! If that isn’t possible, we could simply thank Him in our hearts for the little things as well as the bigger, more obvious blessings.

What about you?

What is one thing you can do to slow down and make your day more enjoyable?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders.
 I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
(Psalm 9:1,2)

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