I have realised afresh that I need to slow down. I find myself rushing in the morning to get out the door before the traffic gets to bad, rushing into the office, working feverishly to the point of forgetting to drink water or go home on time., rushing through my lunch break.
The words of that old song are resonating with me – slow down, you’re moving too fast! Yesterday morning on the drive in there were 2 very bad smashes within a space of 2 kilometres. That was still not enough of a reality check for some people as they impatiently changed lanes with small gaps and raced off, seemingly unfazed by what they had just witnessed. It gave me pause though.
I get to work an hour early most days, and instead of taking time to focus, calm myself and prepare for my day, I jump into work. What’s with that? Today I worked out of our Subiaco offices instead of the city and started my day differently. I got my morning coffee and went for a walk to the park nearby and just paused, listening to the birds and watching the sun come up and paint the sky. I breathed deeply and took a slow walk back to the office to start the day. The whole day was calmer and somehow more manageable.
It is amazing what you see when you slow down and lift your head, like the little dog bouncing behind the glassed in entrance, hoping you’ll come and play; the cushion in the fork of a tree; a random flower; the flock of birds in silhouette against the sky. All too soon the busyness of the day encroaches again.
I am beginning to understand that the choices I make at the start of each day go a long way to set the tone of my day. It’s time to slow down and be mindful; to breathe; smell the roses; appreciate the stillness of the early morning. Rushing is stressful and I have no reason to rush with the extra time I have at the start of my day.