Slowing Down

At times, the pace of our lives seems to ebb and flow with the seasons. We speak of the lazy days of summer, yet for others, the cooler, shorter days of autumn are a time to slow down and settle into the long winter months ahead.

Sometimes life slows down for other reasons. For example, two weeks ago, I was sidelined by an injury, which knocked me down a few pegs. I’ve been taking Life slow ever since.

Not that I had a choice. Mentally, and physically, my body was telling me to slow down, take it easy. So, for about ten days, I did very little. I read. I rested. Watched TV. I wasn’t up to doing much else. It was time to focus on healing; everything else could wait. Much to my surprise, I found that I rather liked the pace (although it may have been a bit boring, at first). I was more relaxed, and in tune with my surroundings. I felt no need to hurry. I would still get where I was going, it would just take a minute or two longer. Once I fully accepted that I needed to allow myself time to recover, I simply resigned myself to the healing process. In the end, I gained a new perspective.

Trust me, this is not my usual state of mind. I, like everyone else, typically believe that there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything I would like, or need to do. Always rushing, thinking about what to do next, rather than just savoring the moment.

I’m sure there’s a lesson here somewhere. Perhaps, if we are more aware throughout the day of what’s really important, what really requires our time and attention, we can better focus our energies.

We can simply learn to say ‘no’.