Slowing Down

» Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Thoughtfulness, Words of Wisdom | 2 comments

Imagine you are driving down a narrow road. There is someone riding a bike on the right-hand side just a little ahead of you and there is a car coming from the opposite direction. You can’t go to the right or to the left. So, what do you do?

Many of you would have instinctively hit your brakes, let the other car pass, and maneuvered around the bicyclist. Slowing down saved you from hurting yourself or someone else.

Slowing down in other aspects of your life can be a benefit to you as well.

In today’s world, everything is whizzing by at the speed of light, and so are many of the people you encounter each day in your life. Sometimes we ourselves are moving so fast that we feel like we don’t have time to think.

That is my point. When was the last time you “hit the brakes” in your life and slowed down for a little while? When we slow down, relax, and have time to think, that is when we will have our most brilliant ideas! (If you have ever gotten out of bed during a sleepless night to write down your thoughts, then you know exactly what I mean.)

Another benefit of slowing down to think is that you can remember those who have done things to help you. Maybe it was a friendly e-mail or Skype message when you were having an ultra-hectic day. Maybe you met someone new and they took the time to send you a Facebook friend request along with a thank-you note. Or maybe the cashier at the grocery store commented on your earrings and you had a pleasant little conversation.

Whatever it is, ask yourself, “What can I do to make someone else’s day a little brighter?”

Since thoughtfulness does not always come amidst hectic-ness, slow down – think about the question above – and see what you can come up with!


  1. I’m impressed as I was when I met you in Dallas in January. I feel like we visit everyday because you are an incredible communicator. I want to learn from you so I am observing from a distance. I will get over my fear of writing and join in more conversation but thanks for being there. You make me smile every day on FB.


  2. Hello Patricia,
    It is so very good to hear from you. I think of you quite often. Thank you so much for the kind words, you and your hubby are in my thoughts.~~~

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