Slow Down!

“Slow down, you move too fast, you‘ve got to make the morning last, just kicking down the cobblestones, looking for fun and feeling groovy”

I’m sure half of you won’t remember that song! It’s actually by Simon & Garfunkel and is called “Feelin’ Groovy” It seems to be a song that keeps jumping into my mind at the moment!

Slow down, you move too fast! For me, never a truer word was spoken at the moment. Life just seems to be rushing by at a great rate of knots and I am left some days wondering where did the day go and what did I achieve…. If anything?

Some days I think it’s a victory if I have made the bed, cooked dinner and not snapped at the kids because I am tired! Ok, I’ll be honest, some days even one of those things feels like a victory! But really, is that all there is to life, counting the day to day things as victories? Isn’t life meant to be so much more than that?

Now I am not saying we all need to move to Africa, sell all our worldly possessions and live like paupers to appreciate how Blessed we are. For me to has been intentionally slowing down, looking for fun, and, well,  feelin‘ groovy!

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In a practical sense, what does that even mean? What does it look like to “feel groovy” now that we’re not in the 70’s? It’s going to look different for each one of us, but for me its the little things that I could miss every day because I am too busy to notice:

  • The smile on Jacksons face as his chickens follow him around the paddock like he’s the pied piper. Listening to him play his guitar and nail a tune he’s been practicing for weeks.
  • The twinkle in Gracie’s eye as she sneaks up behind her brother and scares the living daylights out of him. Or the contentment I see on her face as she snuggles with me on the couch.
  • Listening to Phil share about the journey God has him on at the moment and really listening to his heart.

And for me personally:

  • Taking time to appreciate all the beauty that is around me in the day to day things, daffodils in the garden, lambs jumping in the paddock, sitting by a cozy warm fire with a good book.
  • A fully stocked pantry and fridge, knowing that not everyone has that privilege.
  • Friends who take the time to genuinely listen to me.
  • Sitting here at my desk with my coke in hand, having the time to write this blog.

I don’t want a life filled with regrets, having missed so many Blessings God has placed in my life because I have been too busy to appreciate or even see them.

So what’s it going to take to make you slow down, look for fun, and feel “groovy” this week?