Strategy for Positive Change – Choose to Slow Down
A tragedy occurred in our community yesterday when a large fire broke out in the Squalicum Harbor and destroyed several boats in our Bellingham marina. With it we fear that the lives of a local couple on their boat at the time were lost. We are deeply saddened by these circumstances, and hurt for the families that are affected. It reminds me again how fragile life is, and that we truly don’t know how much time we have.
A friend posted, “Bummed I didn’t talk to Jim more last time I was down there. Now it appears he’s gone. I’m always in such a hurry.”
This struck a cord with me. I am often in a hurry too. It seems I am always rushing around with all of the important things I have to do. Work is so fast paced these days with an everchanging environment in this challenging economic time; home life is ever moving with four teenagers, and it seems we run from activity to activity.
We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t forget to stop and smell the roses”. And we really don’t have an excuse. All of us have 24 hours in each day and we can choose how we want to spend those hours.
So another strategy I will share for positive change is to choose to slow down. Evaluate your current schedule of activities to see if you have chosen to spend time on what is really important to you. If you look back at the last week and monitor the time you spent on various “important” things, how would you rate yourself? Are you managing your schedule or is your schedule managing you?
I do not want to miss what is really important to me by always being in a hurry. Today I am going to choose to slow down. I am going to stop and smell the roses.
Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.” Walter Hagen
Here we are in March and many are “mad” about basketball. It has been a thrilling month for us in the small town of Lynden as for the first time both schools won the State Basketball Title. Earlier this month many of us took the trek to Yakima, Washington for the State 1A and 2A Basketball State Tournament. All four teams – Lynden Christian High School and Lynden High School Boys and Girls made it through regionals to the State tournament and so many people from our town went to cheer on the teams that a Facebook comment was made, “Last one out of Lynden turn out the lights!”
It was an exciting week as the four teams won the first day at the Sundome and were on to the semi-finals. After several hard fought games, Girls teams ended up placing 3rd and 5th in State, and both Boys teams came home with the gold ball as champions!
As I watched the teams play it was easy to see what teams were really in sync and it reminded me the commonalities of effective teams, not just on the basketball court but in the business world. A team could have many talented individuals playing on the same team or talented individuals playing together as a team. I noticed some players who seemed intent on winning the game on their own often failed because they didn’t utilize their team members. One young man paused just a second too long because he didn’t want to pass the ball to a particular player, and it was turned over to the other team.
However, when teams played together and were in sync they had fun, enjoyed success, and accomplished great results including a State Championship.