The days are long, but the years are short.
This saying rings a bell for most of us. Sometimes the days feel so long and hard, but we look at our age, the past, where we are now, and our children growing up, and we can’t believe where time has gone.
Nowadays, life is definitely packed. There are books about creating margin, simplifying, and decluttering. One of our society’s ills is that we have too many choices, too many decisions, and too much stuff on our plates.
I agree… we ought to work hard at slowing life down.
However, when life is still crammed full of busy, and there’s more than plenty to do,
we still can slow down the pace of life.
- Live the present moment. God has been working on me for a while with this one. With full schedules, it is easy to look at the big picture and feel overwhelmed. Instead, try to focus on what you are doing RIGHT NOW. Live the present and focus your energies there.
- Appreciate the little things. I believe this really is key to us feeling more peace in our lives. When we are thankful and content, we can feel better about life. Our gratitude helps us remain in the present moment as we fix our minds and hearts on the beauty of our current lives, letting go of past regrets and future anxieties. Appreciating the small things helps us to savor life and not allow it to slip through our grip without notice. Be thankful for your hot shower, warm cup of coffee, fuzzy blanket, the bright sunshine, time with your loved ones and friends, and all of the extravagances we have in life.
- Be calm. It’s very important that we try to stay calm. When we are rushing, harried, and stressed, we only intensify our perception that life is just way too busy and full. Our demeanors will greatly affect how we feel about our days and what we will do with our days. A calm disposition helps us feel like life is more doable and enjoyable.
No matter how busy your week is, try to slow it down a bit.
Focus on the present,
take time to smell the roses,
and stay calm.