“Sometimes you have to go slow in order to go fast.”
How many times have we heard this phrase? This thinking has been cited by many; however my quote today is from Chris Brady in his book A Month of ITALY Rediscovering the Art of Vacation. This is a great read about family, Italy, food, travel, and the art of slowing down. So much of our life is spent going as fast as we can to get to the next event, job, task or soccer game, that we lose sight of today.
Yes, we all have commitments and schedules and responsibilities. These have a tendency to rule our lives. The challenge lies in breaking the cycle of crazy to enjoy the moment. I have watched loved ones get so caught up in the stress of day-to-day life that it caused illness. The best antidote? Slow down; take a vacation; RELAX.
If you are at the breaking point, schedule some time away somewhere. There are so many great getaways not far from home, no matter where you call home. Make a plan and go. It doesn’t need to be Italy and it doesn’t need to be for a month. Although, that would be delightful!
Even as you go through the day, schedule some time to sit outside and bask in the warmth of the summer sun, take a walk, or sit on your front porch. Look around and simply enjoy being. Slow down, and see what a difference in makes in the grand scheme of your day, of your life. Have you ever heard anyone at the end of their earthly existence wishing they had worked more?
“We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory.” Georges Duhamel