"It's almost October," I gasped this afternoon to Derek when we met for lunch.
Derek nodded grimly.
"It's just, life... it's rushing past!" I added.
Derek is very wise. He sighed and said, "I think we need to slow down."
How? How can we possibly slow down? Between the many many responsiblities we've taken on, nothing, NOTHING is ever completely done.
The house is cluttered mess more than it's not.
Derek's work is never finished.
The children are never ever asleep. (No, seriously...)
The world today values busyness, they value speed, efficency. The world demands we be economical with our time.
Derek receives emails at work, and often, people are disgruntled when he doesn't reply immediatley. Deadlines speed up like lightning. There is no rest for the weary.
So, how can we slow down?
After discussing it over lunch with my man, here is what we've come up with:
1. Exercise. Talk a walk, breathe. A change of scenery can make a huge difference in your day.
2. Less technology. Set your phone aside. Look out the window. Read a book. Pet a cat, rock a baby.
3, Make times for things of the spirit. Commune with God. Study.
4. Enjoy the moment. President Uchtdorf gave a wonderful conference talk in April called "Enjoy the Moment." In it he reminds us all that life is a journey, not a race. Enjoy the little things.
5. Count your many blessings. Whenever gratitude surges in your heart, send a prayer heavenward in thanks.