Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Time to Slow Down

In today’s world it is easy to run around doing things. We forget to stop and just be. We have thousands of errands. We wake with lists of what must be done and go to sleep with lists of things left undone to start our lists for tomorrow. We never take time to just be.

What a distraction this is from what’s really important. We forget that some of the most marvelous and worthwhile moments of our lives come from the relaxed time we spend with family and friends. We forget that sometimes we need to take a bit of time to get back in touch with ourselves so we can know what it is we really want. Without that time we can be seduced by the advertising that requires that we need this wonderful item or that useful item that can save us so much time. Instead those items become another burden we carry with the new responsibilities we have to pay for them, clean them and repair them. Even the best time savers can actually end up costing us time if we have to spend so many more hours of work in order to benefit.

It is easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of our world. There is a lot to do and things seem to happen at the speed of light. It is only by applying our willful and conscious mind to the task of insisting upon taking a moment to slow down and let things that we can create an oasis of time in our lives. Perhaps it is time to take some time this week. We can do this just for ourselves, not for anyone else. No errands. No shopping, just time to be. Sit in the sun. Read words that fill our souls. Let’s spend some time with ourselves to see what it is that we really want. What will really bring us peace? If we don’t know the answer, then how can we ever hope to find it?

If we can’t find it within ourselves, how can we hope to find it in the world?


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