“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.” Remember that line from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? You’ve probably heard things like- life is short, enjoy the moment, don’t work your life away, spend time with your family, kids grow up so fast, etc., etc. But how do we really enjoy the moment and not let life pass us by? I was walking through the mall yesterday, quickly trying to make some long overdue purchases and a return. I actually had two hours to complete this, but I still found myself rushing though the mall, passing the slow walkers on the left, like a car racing down the highway late for an important meeting. I wasn’t late and I actually didn’t need to be in a hurry at all that day, but I was so used to hurrying that I was rushing out of habit. When it occurred to me that I was hurrying for no good reason, I took a deep breath and in my mind I told myself to “Slow Down.” I slowed my pace and took a few more relaxing breaths. I immediately felt calmer. A minute after I told myself to slow down, someone came up from behind me and put their hand on my shoulder. It was one of my best friends who happened to be at the mall too. She said she almost couldn’t catch up with me since I was walking so fast, but then I slowed down! We chatted and laughed as we walked together, and eventually we went our separate ways. It occurred to me that had I not slowed down, I might not have seen her. Seeing her was far more important and fun then rushing past people for no good reason. I slowed down and I got to see my friend. So the point is, slowing down is good for lots of reasons- you’ll learn to appreciate the little things in life because you’ll actually have a chance to notice them, you’ll feel calmer and less stressed, and you might even give a good friend the chance to catch up with you.
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