Taking things “slowly”

Slowly – Daily writing prompt

Mostly a reminder to myself, but it’s always a good reminder to take things slowly.

We live in such a fast world, constantly inundated by advertisements, social media notifications, text messages, etc. It’s no wonder why we think our kids are becoming more ADD in today’s world.

Our minds never take a rest. Constantly juggling one task or thought with several others. Like an Internet browser with too many windows open, it’s hard to focus on anything when we’re constantly overwhelmed.

And it’s with this environment that we try to go faster and faster, try to get more stuff done, “multitask,” and find all these productivity hacks.

However, we all know that this isn’t healthy nor sustainable.

In one of my favorite books of all time The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss showcases this amazing poem which I thought would be very appropriate for the my thoughts on this subject:

Slow Dance, by David L. Weatherford
Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.
Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.
Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
’cause you never had time to call and say hi?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.
Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.

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