1 Take your time, go slow

“If you want your dream to be
Build it slowly and surely.
Small beginnings, greater ends

Heartfelt work grows purely.
If you want to live life free
Take your time, go slowly.
Do few things but do them well
Simple joys are holy.

Take your time, go slow echoes these words from Donovan Leitch’s “Little Church,” itself echoing words attributed to St Francis.

Nothing worthwhile or valuable grows quickly, though Quickly can be where we often find ourselves living.

Beneath the surface of our lives, who we’re becoming over our lifetime is growing more slowly.  Our attention to what is happening here determines just how we grow.

Every person is their uniqueness is able to grow and develop across their lifetime.  None of us are fixed.  There’s always a choice.

I’ve come to appreciate slowness more than ever.  I read slowly.  I enjoy slow conversations.   When I find myself rushing some task or action mindlessly, I now slow down and turn my attention to what it is I’m doing – sometimes it even works.

It’s not where I spend all my time but living slower moments has a great impact for me and, I hope, others.

One of the things I’m learning is that being attentive to my breathing helps me to slow down, to be present to my surroundings, making it possible to notice more.

SOMETHING TO DO: Towards this, find your own slow place where you can be comfortable and more present to this moment and this journey.  You may want to begin by turning your attention to your breathing, sensing the inhaling and exhaling, the movement of your diaphragm and chest, taking four deep breaths before colouring (breathe in slowly to the count of 4, hold to the count of four, breath out to the count of 4, hold to the count of 4, breathe in …).

The Wander Society by Keri Smith
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Genius in All of Us by David Shenk

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