Vol 12, Num 1 ::
Curve ahead: Ten ways to slow down
I have to admit my resemblance to the older women mentioned in Titus — at least the age part, not necessarily the wisdom expected to come from such age and responsibility. As I reflected on that disparity, the solution to the conundrum came quite easily: slow down, for there are curves ahead, dangerous curves of opportunities lost and amazing curves of opportunities for joy. So as I look into the new year, here are ten ways I want to slow down:
- Don’t be quite so driven to do tasks.
- Listen better to God and to people.
- Read for the beauty and meaning of the Word and words, not just to finish the reading.
- Think about the Word and the words, not just as they are read or heard, but later, making time to be reflective.
- Experience this moment, rather than wishing it away in anticipation of future plans.
- Really learn something new: be immersed in the experience of learning, not just to get the new thing learned, but to savor the experience, all the steps of learning it.
- Look around my world and see who needs to be loved, whether practical loving or people I do not yet know.
- Consider what I have to give, out of my life experience, with God and other people…
- And slow down to think about who might benefit from the sharing…
- And how that sharing might take place.