Slowing Down

by Kathy Ruff

Today’s weather has been tropical — warm, muggy, rainy. It’s Sunday so it’s supposed to be a day of rest.

I recall Sundays when I was growing up. No stores were open, a product of Pennsylvania’s “blue” laws.

But Sundays were also a time of rest and relaxation, a time to take a break from the daily grind, slow down and enjoy a day with family and friends after morning church services.

I believe this turtle represents exactly that mindset. He (or she, I would never know!) sat alongside the trail, probably taking a break on its trek for food or water, in no particular hurry to get where he was going. We could learn from that approach.

I think people would enjoy their lives much more if they took a little time to slow down. Self-induced pressures and rushing causes so much stress, stress that can lead to dis-ease and other maladies. We rush to be older when we’re young, and suddenly when we look back, we’ve rushed through our lives.

What IS the hurry? What are we missing along the way when we speed through the hours, days, weeks and years?
Years ago people would savor Sundays as a special day. It was a simpler time, and I see real value in returning to that special hiatus. It’s a time to re-group, refresh, renew, re-energize.

Why don’t you practice slowing down just a little? You may just be surprised at how much more you enjoy your day.

About Kathy Ruff

Kathy Ruff is a seasoned, freelance business and inspirational writer and author of the Sharing Peace on the Path blog.
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