Ripples #1125: Take It Slower


Life isn’t a race, so take it slower. Hear the music before your song is over.
-Gary Kunath, shared by Kelsey in Fond du Lac, WI


The faster we live, the less emotion is left in the world.
The slower we live, the deeper we feel the world around us.
-Stanko Abadzic, shared by Holly in Phoenix, AZ


I cringe at the thought of becoming yet another voice encouraging you to SLOW DOWN a bit, especially if you’re trying to GO GO GO so you can get everything done that needs to get done in the next few days/weeks. And trust me, I know how annoying it can be when some well-intentioned person encounters me in “hustle bustle” mode and spouts some trite, “stop and smell the roses” nonsense. Gah!

Of course, part of me knows this isn’t nonsense…and plenty of times (including like right now as you read this), I’m the one trying to whisper to someone I care about, “Is it possible that a slower pace or maybe even a brief pause might ultimately help you maximize your productivity?”

Brené Brown once shared a line she said a priest had spoken to her, “If you don’t want to burn out, stop living like you’re on fire.” Ooh, every time I’ve reviewed this line in the last few weeks, I realize more deeply just how often I operate in overdrive mode.

I am 100% okay if you need to ignore this message right now, or even roll your eyes a little. Just promise me that you’ll make an effort to balance your GO GO GO with some SLOW SLOW SLOW. Pretty please and thank you!

P.S. I’ll be taking some down time over the next few weeks, but don’t worry: I’ve got a few weeks of Ripples all queued up and ready to go. ALSO, you may know that I’m moving our DAILY SPLASHES to a better platform that allows me to text you a quote each morning AND have easier engagement if you have a question/comment for me. It’s free, and you just text DAILY SPLASH to 513-436-6599 and follow the prompts.

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