So it is Monday again. If you’re like me, there is a good chance you have something you wanted to accomplish this weekend that’s still not checked off your to do list. Missed deadlines on my weekend plans.
Somehow time just seemed to slip away. Time that I had budgeted for working on projects and new ideas was absorbed by routine and rote tasks. Life sucker punched my weekend plans.
In other words, life happened.
There is that little voice inside my head saying:
“You have to get more done. You must make more progress, faster!”
It is that feeling inside. That feeling of urgency that says:
“Hurry! Rush! Do more! Do it now! Time is wasting!”
But I can’t spend seven days a week living this way. There are only so many hours in the day. There is only so much that can be accomplished.
And again, life happens.
At times like, this I have to remind myself of a quote that I love.
Don’t fear moving slowly… only fear not moving at all.
Reflecting on the slow down challenge a few weeks ago, I have found myself already falling into some of my old habits. Walking too fast, not chewing my food, running myself harder to make up for lost time…
It almost feels like all the progress I made slowing down pausing and reflecting, quickly melted away in the face of my own expectations of what I wanted to accomplish.
The need to do more, to get more done, faster, to be more productive.
Don’t allow that to rob you from enjoying what’s right in front of you. In fact, take some time to stop and enjoy it right now.
It is like the classic fable of the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race. Be intentional, pick a direction, and work towards it.
And some days you feel like you’re almost moving backwards.
If you don’t get as far as you wish you did, that’s okay. There is always tomorrow.
And if tomorrow never comes, then what does it really matter anyways?
Thanks for listening to me talk to myself today.