I heard this quote on the Simple podcast yesterday. I was walking on the trail, admiring the beautiful spring sky, and listening to Tsh and her guest chat about slowing down, putting away the phone, and creating a life that felt less hurried.

I am pretty good at scheduling things so I don’t have to rush. I am rarely late to a meeting or event. I get things done by the due date (except an occasion late return on a library book.). But I still get that knot, that anxious tension of needing to hurry up, finish this so you can get to that, never enough. My mind too often rushes to the next thing I have on my list leaving me to miss the moments. The lovely, tiny moments that Michelle writes about.

I think that feeling comes from too much multitasking, forcing my brain to bounce back and forth. I listen to books while I drive, podcasts while I walk, TV while I knit. Yesterday I went into my sewing room, fully intending to listen to a podcast while I worked on a quilt project. But I never turned on the podcast. I just started pinning and sewing and pressing and soon enough, the little project was nearly done. I went into my sewing room feeling that I needed to hurry up and get this quilt finished because it needs to be mailed by the end of the month. When I came to a good stopping point I realized I didn’t feel rushed. I hadn’t been watching the clock. It was a very meditative process.

When I looked up the Dallas Willard quire, I found this article. There it is again. Rest. Sabbath. Loosen your grip. Ruthlessly eliminating hurry from my life might be another way my word is showing up this month.

8 thoughts on “

  1. I think I too sometimes fill my life with too much sound. I’m working on bringing more quiet time into each day.

  2. I wonder if multi-tasking is something that is more common among women because we’re so often pulled in so many directions. I often feel that same sense of urgency, and I definitely notice a difference in my stress level when I’m on vacation and don’t have anything I have to do by a certain time. It’s a good thing to think about.

  3. I’m reading more and more that multi-tasking isn’t good for us. as my mom would say, what goes around comes around 🙂 and THANK YOU for the article. LOVE it … and there’s another book and podcast to add to my list!

  4. Ah! The “pause that refreshes!” I too find that when I focus on ‘just one thing’ at a time I am not only more productive but also, more relaxed, rested, inspired, filled with joy of the moments, the doings. Thank you for sharing your experiences and reminding us to “pause and smell the roses!” And as Mary: thanks for the references.
    Rest On!
    Cheers~

  5. I feel so much YES reading your words. We live in a culture that encourages the rush; it’s like a badge of some sort to tell others we’re so very busy. Except it’s not a badge at all. So good to read how you’re finding your way with this, how you’re settling into your word.

    It can be hard to say no to some things…like a great podcast…but, as you did with the quilting, sometimes being with your own thoughts is more life-enhancing.

    So good to read this on my Friday morning. xo

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