I’m doing it because I need to slow down.
I need to slow down – not because I’m doing too much, but because I don’t want to miss too much.
In today’s post on Goins Writer, Jeff says, “Life is not a race. It’s a walk around the block, a casual stroll through the park, a deep abiding in where you are right now. Anything else is a facsimile, a farce, some cruel distraction from what’s most important.”
I completely agree.
This is a pretty cool time of life for me: I’ve landed a new job, moved to a new city, launched a new blog and will soon be a newly minted PhD.
Sure, I’ve had my share of s-u-c-k-y times in the past two-and-a-half years, but you know what?
Life is good.
And I want to enjoy every single minute.
I don’t want to rush through at a frenetic pace. Yes, I want to – and plan to – stay busy, yet being busy doesn’t mean that I’ll be moving so fast that I won’t take the time to stop and smell the
Or the gumbo . . . .
Today, this was Jeff’s challenge:
Take your time today. Find a way to interrupt your busy schedule and enjoy what’s right in front of you.
Before you begin your day (or wherever you can find the time), spend 15 minutes taking a walk — around the block, around the yard, or even around the office.
- Pray for eyes to notice what you tend to miss.
- Mentally take note of what you see.
- When you get back, spend five minutes writing down what you saw (feel free to share your list).
- As you go through your busy day, remind yourself of your list and say quick thank-you for each thing.
I stepped outside this afternoon, and this is what I saw:
- Mr. Gerald’s garden is practically bare. Our office building abuts his property, and all summer long we’ve been treated to a view of his lush garden – and a bounty of fresh, delicious cucumbers he so willingly shared with us. I wonder if he plants a fall garden? I’ll soon find out!
- I saw customers coming and going from the small businesses that surround us. They came and went at a steady pace – which hopefully means that these merchants are doing well, or at least staying afloat.
- I saw a little sparrow land on the parking lot near my car. I stayed as still as I could; for a minute, he watched me watching him, and then he flew away. Immediately the Bible verse about the Lord providing for sparrows came to mind, and I couldn’t help but smile. God saw him – and He sees me, too!
All little things, to be sure – but the important thing is that I hit “Pause” and stopped. And looked. And listened. And breathed.
And gave thanks.
The challenge is a mere five days; easily manageable for anyone regardless of schedule.
I’m looking forward to each day’s exercise. Why don’t you join me?
Jeff Goins is “an author, blogger, and speaker who is passionate about helping people live and tell better stories.” He’s the author of Wrecked,and his latest release is The In-Between. Read my review of Wrecked here.
I received no compensation for this post. I just love Jeff’s work!
Join in the Fray: In what areas of your life do you need to “slow down?”
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