Lately I’ve realized that it’s time to slow down. Even when I’m really enjoying what I’m doing; writing every day, journaling, taking an online class, making Zen Tangles, I become easily overwhelmed. I’ve been reading Martha Beck’s book Finding Your Way in a Wild New World.
Yesterday morning while I was out walking I met a rather large turtle near the road. She may have been going to lay some eggs or some other turtle business but when I saw her she was just being still inside her shell. As I stood there talking softly to her and making sure she stayed out of the path of any cars that might come our way she gradually came out of her shell. I stooped down to get a closer look and the message I received was “slow down”. It’s not the first time this week I’ve heard this same message. I’m not hearing voices, it’s just what’s inside of me and I know it’s what I need to hear. Then she meandered into the underbrush to do whatever turtles do. So even though I’ve got a lot going on between finishing the school year, packing for our vacation, making reservations and starting our kitchen renovation, I’m going to heed the advice of the turtle and slow down. I plan to continue to do all of the things I’m doing but I’m going to be doing it a lot more slowly and intentionally.
Sometimes when we’re too rushed and busy slowing down is the best thing to do. Let me know if it works for you too.