Well we are back in Seattle, very grateful that even though we ended up spending an extra day in Pittsburgh, our time was relaxed and enjoyable. Not like many who have endured the weekend without power, and in some cases water and good food. We are back just in time for Slow Down Week Slow down week. February 8-12 Adbusters encourages all of us to slow down. I love their reminder that :
Slow isn’t necessarily a pace, its a philosophy – a way of approaching life. We can slow down simply by addressing the disconnect that makes life feel anxious, alienating and fast. Read the Adbusters post here
And my question is – why does it take something like a major snowstorm that forces us to stay at home for most of us even to consider slowing down? It reminds me of something I read in one of Richard Foster’s books:
Busyness is not of the devil it is the devil.
Busyness without time for reflection often pulls us away from God and the very things that God would most like us to place priority on.
I must confess that this is going to be a very busy week for me, – partly because I am getting ready for the Rhythms of Grace workshop February 20th…. which is of course partly about how to slow down!!!!!
However Tom and I are planning another retreat time and I am diligently making sure that I take the breaks that I need throughout the year. Part of my Sunday discipline is reflecting on where I allowed busyness and overbooking to get away from me in the last week so that I can continue to learn from my mistakes – something that I find most of us don’t do well.
So take some time this week to slow down and enjoy life.