1. Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now.
2. Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there.
3. Set your own pace. When people rush you, it’s okay to tell them.
4. Don’t take simple things for granted: watch water flow, corn grow, leaves blow and your neighbor mow.
5. Taste your food. God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.
6. Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.
7. Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.
8. Create a place in your home…at your work…in your heart…where you can go for quiet and recollection.
9. Allow yourself time to be unproductive. Rest is a necessity too.
10. Talk slower. Talk less. Don’t talk. Communication isn’t necessarily measured by words.
11. Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.
12. Listen to the song of a bird—the complete song.
13. Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders. There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.
14. Divide big jobs into little jobs. God took six days to create the universe.
15. When you find yourself being anxious, stop and ask “Why?” The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning, not the one who finishes first.
16. Take time to read the Bible. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.
17. Take a day off alone; make a retreat.
18. Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.
19. Once in awhile, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, the invitations. Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.
20. Take a walk—but don’t go anywhere. Journey is often better than destination.
21. Count your friends. If you have one true friend, you are unusual. If you have more, you are blessed. Bless them in return.
I’ve read through this list several times to discover that there are three items I need to work on. First is #5. I always rush through my meals so I can move on to the next thing. I’m sure my body would be happier if I slowed down! Second is #7. I think I can speak for a lot of parents—it’s super easy to allow a toy to occupy your child’s time so you can do dishes, laundry and cook. I can save some of that stuff for after he goes to bed! Third, I need to spend more time reading my Bible. I have been tracking my reading the last few days and I have really dropped the ball on this one. I can get excited about reading a magazine on fashion, a devotional or a cookbook, but that energy kind of dissipates when it’s time to dig into the word. What are some areas that you could improve on? Be sure to recognize, and be thankful for, items that you are already doing!