As long as I can remember I have been “busy”. Even as a young child and kid according to my parents I was always busy doing something, exploring, tearing something up, or just moving fast. I do know much of this is how I am wired and more importantly how God made me. However, something I learned from a great mentor over a decade ago is…our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness. My constant activity, busyness, or just living fast has become a weakness that needs to be addressed. Bottomline it’s simply time to slow down, and live slower.
“Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
Ferris is right, we can and do get caught up with what becomes “life”. But it’s not just our physical activities, work, hobbies, or normal goings on, it is also the constant demand of our attention to the online as well. Our Twitter feed, Facebook wall, and Instagram stream are also demanding our attention and causing us to be distracted with unimportant stuff and can ultimately lead us to not being present. Yes, I said unimportant stuff! Ok, not all of it is unimportant, but the reality is the virtual space we create around us and our constant connectivity via our smartphones should not distract or replace the physical right in front of us.
So, what am I going to do to “Live Slow(er)”? Well, I am not sure…and if I am totally honest it scares me. Busy and active is my comfort zone and I know it all too well. But I know my decisions will need to look different, work will need to look different, my online presence will need to look different, my calendar will need to look different, my relationship with my smartphone will need to look different. And it will be my humble prayer that with each small choice, each micro and purposeful decision, my desire to Live Slow(er) will land me in a wonderful place of being fully present and not missing the finest and most important things in life.
4 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. 5 “Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin.”6 And yet, “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.” 7 I observed yet another example of something meaningless under the sun. 8 This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing. Ecclesiastes 4:4-8
Live Slower – my 2013 theme!