“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
Being still has never been easy for me, but like most of you, these past few months have given me the opportunity to practice being still.
What have I learned? I am more at peace in the stillness. I do feel more of God's presence. I actually like myself and my family better.
Our life is slower, our circle smaller but our joy seems larger, more present.
It has made me ponder why I was in such a hurry? What was my rush? What was the purpose of all the busyness?
I have realized is that I was sometimes living my life unconsciously and habitually or I had a belief that life would be better on the other side of accomplishing a goal.
As a human race, we sometimes believe the lie that whoever has the busiest schedule is the winner, because obviously that means they are the most successful and important.
I think we were playing the game of life wrong — we’ve been conditioned to believe that busier is better, but actually the speed of doing can make the experience less enjoyable.
If we are constantly rushing, we will miss out on life itself.
These past few months has given me the gift of living life with a different mindset.
Most things are better slowed down, especially life.
Is a novel better if you speed read it, or if you take your time and savor it?
Is a song better if you play it super fast, or if you take the time to really listen?
Is food better if you eat it fast, or if you savor every bite and really appreciate the flavor?
Is your time spent with a friend or loved one better if you have a rushed meeting or if you can relax and really focus on the person?
Life as a whole is better if you go slowly, and take the time to savor it, appreciate every moment. That’s the simplest reason to slow down.
With this new mindset, our family has decided to question everything.
We have realized time is a currency and we have the power to decide how we want to spend it.
This period has somehow given us back the power. The power that we get to decide how our time is spent.
The power shift didn't change, just our awareness of how valuable time has.
As the world is starting to wake-up I am beginning to feel a little panicked. I don't want to forget these lessons of how important time is, this new mindset.
I want to be wiser with the gift of time.
So if I find myself being in a rush, I promise myself I will question my motivation and ask myself "Why?" and if the answer is I want to feel something different or I have no idea then I will make some changes.
I will try to remember the lesson that nature teaches me every day.