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May 11, 2015

Slow Down

Hal photo outside Feb2012“America is a country that doesn’t know where it is going, but it is determined to set a speed record getting there.” (Lawrence J. Peter)

Too many of us end up collapsing on the couch at the end of each day, exhausted from trying to get to everything on the “To Do” list. The ironic thing is that a lot of what’s on my list really doesn’t matter all that much. What matters most are the people I end up treating like objects to be dealt with instead of people to be with.

There should never be a day in my life when I’m running so fast that my family becomes a blur in my rearview mirror.

Everyone should take a few moments each day to just sit still and remember what’s most important — to ponder what’s good in the world. Maybe you’ll have to begin by scheduling moments like these to make sure they happen. Do whatever works for you. Pause when you first wake up. Sit with your morning coffee. Close your eyes and take a deep breath before you get out of the car (make sure you’ve put it in “Park” first). Whenever, wherever — just make it a priority.

Maybe you’ll reach your destination a little slower, but at least you’ll know where you really want to go. And that, in and of itself, is a step in the right direction.

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