Slowing Down

More and more lately, I am finding myself overscheduled and overwhelmed. I could say that I don’t know how it happened, but I do. I have a problem saying no. I try to do it all and be everything to everyone. The result is that I am often frazzled, feeling chaotic and full of anxiety. I am rushing through my life doing…things…without ever taking the time to appreciate what’s right in front of me.

How often do I slow down and think about what to do next? How often do I stop to pray and ask God for help and direction and then wait on His answer, rather than taking matters into my own hands? How often do I slow down and think things through before acting? How often do I take the time to appreciate the little things rather than rushing on to the next item on my to-do list?

Rarely.

It’s time for that to stop.

It’s time to slow down and notice the details.

It’s time to stop, reflect, and reconnect with the things that matter most, the things I have been far too often overlooking.

I want to experience the joy of today, the beauty of the now.

I want to get intentional about knowing where to say yes and where to say no.

Everything comes at a cost. I’m going to have to make some tough decisions so that I can slow down and really invest in the things I do. The things that matter most: becoming a better steward of the relationships in my life; being grateful for the small things; slowing down to do better, more creative work; spending time focusing on God, without having what I need to do next in the back of my mind.

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It’s going to take a lot of effort, and I’m probably going to get frustrated more than I’ll want to admit. Slowing down isn't going to be easy for me. At all. I'm going to need your help, Internet. How do you intentionally slow down in your life?

This post is part of the 31 Days of Intention series. You can see other posts in this series here.