take it slowly

With all the violent news in the world as of late, you wonder what is causing people to turn to violence? In my opinion, it’s the breakdown of family and interpersonal connection. We are so wrapped up in the individual realities we create for ourselves with this high-speed rat race that we do not take the time to slow down, experience life’s beauty and truly connect with other human beings.

As I was finishing Tim Ferriss’s The Four Hour Work Week a few months ago, the following poem in the last chapter struck a chord with me. It was one of those “get the chills” moments that prompted me to reflect on my own life and the ways I can slow down, etting the beauty of life and authentic human connection dictate the quality of my everyday.

I encourage you to slow down, take a moment and read this poem, letting its word’s resonate with your own life.

 

Slow Dance, by David L. Weatherford

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
’cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.