Choose to Slow Down
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.