Slow Down

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Today’s post has been written for Five Minute Friday, and today’s prompt is “slow”.

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Why is it so hard to slow down?

I think that I love slow, but my reality suggests that I crave busyness and productivity. I am really good at busyness, but have lots of room for growth in using my time productively and efficiently.

I naturally feel compelled to run in circles, “getting things done”, all the while truly desiring the slow, quiet times.

This week I awoke one day with vertigo; a health concern I have dealt with over the past few years, and thankfully one that does not plague me as it did at first, mainly because I have been blessed with doctors and a physical therapist who taught me just what I needed to know to mostly stay healthy.

But it did make me slow down.

I vacillated about calling in sick to work last night, rationalizing that I could muddle through and then take a day off, but my body told me otherwise. My supervisor assured me that staying home and resting was the right thing to do.

Yesterday I read about all the rage of owning and using an Instant Pot. It seems everyone has one and who can live without one? One more appliance to learn, store and maintain could be helpful, but arguably could just be one more thing in my otherwise overflowing life. Sometimes these tools are blessings, allowing us to slow down, while other times it’s just adding to our busyness and clutter, when really we should be satisfied with what we have.

Today is another unseasonably warm day for February “winter” break in New England. It’s been hitting the 60’s, all but a few stubborn piles of snow have melted into what appears to be an early spring, and I have yet to get outdoors and enjoy this uncommon beauty.

I keep thinking of more things I should get done today on my day off, even though I worked a little too much while not feeling well yesterday, in order to be able to take today to totally rest.

So my main goal for the remainder of this day is to slow down,

enjoy life,

be thankful for my many blessings,

and trust that if I stop long enough to think, relax, and be grateful for what I have today,

everything will be waiting there for me tomorrow

and I will be able to work and play with renewed strength.

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4 replies
  1. martha brady
    martha brady says:

    hi ann:)
    i’m your next door neighbor at fmf today. i enjoyed your post today:) also last week’s. nice and brief and to the point. i have always wished i could do that. i get to it, but not as well as you did:) blessings!

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    • Ann Guinn
      Ann Guinn says:

      Well, thank you so much for the kind complements, Martha! I find them surprising, as I err most often on being far too “wordy”! I admit that even my FMF posts most often carry over the five minutes, although I strive to keep them brief and mostly unedited. I’m glad you enjoyed reading my writing. 🙂

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  2. Kelly J Blackwell
    Kelly J Blackwell says:

    Ann there is a lot of peace in your post despite your move move move life, you have given me a true feeling of slowing down and appreciating. I do hope you enjoy your rest. 🙂

    Have a beautiful weekend.
    Visiting from FMF

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    • Ann Guinn
      Ann Guinn says:

      Thanks, Kelly! I’m glad you felt some peace in my post, and especially that it helped you to slow down a bit, too. You have a nice weekend, too. 🙂

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