For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. ~ Lily Tomlin
It’s been almost a month since I’ve been away from active blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done a few posts and shared them too – but not at my normal pace. Part of the reason has been that I’ve been busy moving to our temporary home in another city. But more than that, we were unable to get a good internet connection going.
While I grumbled about this off and on, I’ve enjoyed the forced break. I love the way the Universe truly conspires to give you what you need. I know that this ‘slow’ time has been just what I needed to get my priorities right. I’ve had the chance to settle into a routine, spend time with family and of course, read like a fiend!
Would it shock you to know that I didn’t really miss Facebook or Twitter all that much? What I did miss a lot was my writing on the blog/s and otherwise. This brought me back a deep desire of going back to blogging basics again. Chatting with Vidya Sury, who totally believes in making time to smell the flowers, I realized that she felt exactly the same way. Here’s what she said: “Some days I want no internet and just want to potter around the house or go out or read or watch TV or cook or focus on one of my hobbies.” I hear you loud and clear, Vidya and echo the feeling!
I often wonder why we need circumstances – sometimes not pleasant ones – to make us slow down. Don’t we know what’s good for us? We keep pushing ourselves unnecessarily, trying to prove ourselves to God-knows-who (or is that ‘whom’?) and wondering where the time goes. I opted out of the rat race of corporate life several years ago, but it’s easy to get caught up in busyness of my own making.
I’m not sure whether this is age-related, but more and more I’m consciously slowing down and making time to observe and enjoy life. Pablo helps greatly. You can’t take life too seriously around a boxer! In the new place, I can actually take him for a walk and enjoy doing this. Just today, he got three walks and I feel better for having spent this time with him. It gave me time to ruminate while I walked.
Life is good and I’m grateful for all my blessings. I’ve decided that slowing down is what I’m going to do, so that I can enjoy life and all that I have more fully!
Have you ever consciously tried slowing down? Do you think it helps?
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