… Where are you running to? Stop. Take a breath. Look around. Is there a need to walk fast? To literally run from point A to point B? To allow your mind to rapidly think? I’ve been asking myself this a lot lately ever since I heard the song “Wake up” by the Makepeace Brothers. It speaks about how we rush through life not noticing the people and things we are intended to notice. I know for me, I need to be very conscious of this. When I am driving, I will have KLOVE on the radio, thinking about past and future aspects of the day, and be somewhat speeding to each light only to have to stop when it turns red. As you can imagine, I am not being present. I am not noticing my surroundings. Then when I get into my office building, easily I can swipe through the front doors and say a rush “hello” to the receptionist as I mentally review my to-do list as I press the elevator button to the second floor. While all of this is happening, I am on auto pilot with a mission to accomplish something. I have missed opportunities to stop- take a breath- and look around at people and things. So what I try to do is s-l-o-w d-o-w-n. This means I literally walk slower when I have to get somewhere. I drive on cruise control on 35-40 mph. I turn off the radio. I make sure I do not touch my cell phone while I am driving even when it rings. I try to clear my mind. I breathe in and out. When I am walking I notice my surrounds. When I come across someone I acknowledge them with a smile. This approach has made all the difference in making my day and being more peaceful and meaningful.
Doesn’t it intrigue you that our society is go, go, go? Where is everyone going?! How do you slow down your busy days?