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Sloooooowww Down

Anyone who knows me, knows that I always have many things that I am doing and that I move very fast, getting them all done. However, as I sit here writing this, I am recovering from a nasty cold and I do not have the energy to go at my normal speed.

This is an important lesson for me, and I am going to guess for many of you, which is to listen to what my body needs. In this case, it means to go slooooowwwwww! Again, anyone who knows me, knows that this is very difficult for me. I keep reminding myself, “Slow down! Slow down!” If I do not listen, I will get sick again, probably worse.

However, there are many advantages to going slowly. I can live more mindfully in the moment and appreciate everything from the coffee that I am sipping to the music playing. By giving myself permission to not work, I have read several books. And not serious books! But relaxing mind-candy books. I watched a movie with one of my sons last night. It was delightful having the time with him.

As I start to feel better and gear up again, my challenge is to remember the joy that I felt going slower. To make sure that I combine both the fast times and the slow times. To make sure that I put both in my life. To get done everything that I want to do while also enjoying my life! And making sure that I do not get sick again! Wish me the strength to incorporate this into my life. I wish you the same!

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