Why You Need To Live Slowly

small alarm clock

 

We all have the same 24 hours in every single day.

That’s what I read in a lot of books and articles on productivity.
And I’ve let it drive me not motivate me.

At the heart of that statement is our fear of failure and our constant urge to measure ourselves against others.
As though what somebody else does has any bearing at all on my life, my path.  Seriously, it’s absurd and destructive.

The little clock pictured above is a travel souvenir.  I’ve loved it well, but it began slowing down.  It kept time erratically until one day it decided to be something other than a clock.  Lately it’s become a reminder “That life is so urgent it necessitates living slow”.  That’s a quote from Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, a book I can’t stop reading.

In a beautiful chapter called A Sanctuary of Time she pleads the case against hurry.
It’s a chronic condition for some of us.  A wasting disease that strips us of vitality and joy leaving us frustrated, irritable, and dissatisfied with life.  In our rush to fit more into every minute and hour, we lose the ability to simply be in any single moment.  In trying to stretch our time we lose it altogether.  Like the bubbles we blew with our little pink rectangle of Bazooka—we’ve over-reached and all the breath seeped out through the spot that could stretch no further.

 

The solution is to quit being amateurs. 

“On every level of life, from housework to heights of prayer, in all judgment and efforts to get things done, hurry and impatience are sure marks of the amateur.”

That’s from a woman named Evelyn Underhill that Voskamp quotes.  What an encouraging challenge that is to me at the beginning of a new year.

What will it take to quit living like an amateur? Hurrying from one thing to another, living life in a  mindless blur of activity.   I’m craving guidance from God and the clarity that comes from time spent with Him.  In my ‘mother years’ I didn’t think, I just did.  Now without those constant demands I can be easily diverted.  Lots of beginnings and fewer finishes.

Some days I feel like this Golden Retriever.

 

I want to savor the life God has given me, but I want to live it well.
To do the things that should be done in this—my life.  To work, to love, to share, to create, to give thanks, to worship God and seek Him with earnest focus.

 

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.  Eccles. 3:1

 

Now it’s your turn 🙂
Who are you reading that inspires you?

 

14 Comments on “Why You Need To Live Slowly

  1. HI Kelly
    I have been so challenged by Brian Houston’s latest book, Live, Love, Lead. There are so many things he speaks about that challenge me to the core.
    Hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family….

    Rolain

    • I looked at reviews on Amazon and I’ll get a copy. Thanks for sharing it Rolain. It’s good to be challenged to the core 🙂

    • That sounds fascinating Michael. I’ve always wondered what it would have been like for our Lord’s relatives to watch skeptically His ministry and then finally come to believe that He was God in the flesh, Savior, and Lord. I’ll check it out!

  2. I totally get where you are coming from Kelly. I am starting some new classes on the sixth of January, working towards helping others.
    I have to focus on this one thing, in order to finish it, so I can be effective helping others. However there has to be something to that golden retrievers antics. Looks just like me. Oh the food was so good.
    Thanks for a great truth story.

    Joy to you

  3. I just finished reading something that inspired me, thanks to you! I might actually share this with Li’l D, who enjoyed the video when I opened this tab a couple of hours ago. I think the context would be useful for him, not necessarily today or this month, but as he meanders through life. 🙂

  4. That video is hysterical! Yes, I definitely feel distracted much of the time. So many things I want to do, and I get bogged down by things that aren’t a priority! Living slowly and purposefully is key.

    As for my reading list, I’ve just started a book by an Australian Christian music artist, Roma Waterman, called “The God Artist.” She talks about how to draw on God’s attributes for inspiration among other things.I love this quote from the first chapter: “Regardless of whether a person searches for Him or not, the foundation for all creative greatness comes from God.”

    • I agree completely! And I think that’s why I enjoy painting even though I’m not very good. It’s the process, the act of trying to create that’s fun and oddly fulfilling. Is NZ as beautiful as I imagine? Is the reputation deserved? I know SLO is a very special place so you have something to compare it to 🙂

      • NZ is breathtaking. We’ve traveled a far bit around it in the last 13 years, and it still takes my breath away. Especially all the green. Of course, it rains. A lot. Very much like Seattle where I spent most of my childhood!

  5. This post is a wonderful reminder of a lesson God tried to teach me whilst I kept a crazy pace in lead up to Christmas. I hadn’t been so stressed in about 8 years, and it came down to taking on too much. My poor son copped many a bad mood from me- all because I didn’t plan for quiet days. I had a 3 week period where we didn’t have a full day at home and were actually seldom home at all. I kept hearing myself say to my son, “Mummy’s too busy right now”and I knew that pretty soon, that sort of attitude would backfire. I had to work hard to restore fun and quality time in our relationship and, now that I am giving him my slowed down, full attention, I hope I never return to living life in such a crammed full state again.

    • Hello Merryn, it’s so great when we come out on the other side of an icky spell. One thing I can encourage you with is this—children are hard wired to remember the best of their childhoods, forgetting and forgiving the days we neglected them and dragged them on endless errands etc.
      My granddaughter and I are making a rocket ship out of a huge appliance box so her two little guys have something fun to do post holidays.
      I’ll post some pics🚀
      Thanks for spending some time with me here, it’s great to meet you!

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