Slow down, you move too fast
Where does the time go? Sammy’s seventh month is sneaking up from behind and I am not even sure where it came from. Wasn’t I just pregnant with him a minute ago? Having teenagers and an infant does make you realize how quickly childhood can zoom by. I joke that the next thing I know, Sammy will be asking for the car keys. It sure feels that way with our older two.
In light of this realization, I am making every effort to slow down and enjoy the ride. That’s what it’s all about, right? I guess being more than 40 this time around makes me wiser (must be all the grey hair). I am much more relaxed as a parent, taking things in stride. And you know what I’ve noticed? Sam is a pretty laid back baby, taking things in stride. I’m chilled, he’s chilled — surely there’s a connection. Of course, being the fourth child with such older siblings, he doesn’t have much of a choice. He pretty much has to go with the flow.
So my message this week brings me back to a column I wrote a few years ago about the Slow Movement which is spreading across the continents. I had just read a book called, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore which is worth mentioning again. In it, the author highlights some of the trends taking place around the world including the Slow Food Movement and other grassroots organizations that are encouraging us to slow down and reclaim our time. He makes the point that saying no to speeding through life makes us more creative, better able to work well and productively and not lose our minds in the process.
Stop and think about it. Put down your iPhone or your other needy electronic devices (don’t they always beg for your attention?). The years slip by so quickly, why not do what you can to slow that time by being present in the moment — isn’t that what the present is, a gift? I find myself still getting caught up in my “To Do List” and racing from here to there, which oftentimes can’t be helped. But if your overall goal is to take it slow, don’t worry so much and be grateful for even the smallest of blessings, then maybe we’ll be in tune with this planet and our Creator and the answers to our questions and problems won’t get lost in the wind from our hurrying to win the race.
I don’t know, but living slowly and purposefully sounds like a good game plan to me. Before I know it, my husband and I will be qualifying for senior seating at Sammy’s high school graduation so I am in no rush!
Tuesday Trippier lives in Delaware, is a writer and mother of four with a special interest in green living.