Slow down: Stop filling space that needs to be empty

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Slow down. My mom has been telling me this for years. Slow down. But I have long been addicted to busy. I like to pile mile cart full and high of things to fill every spare inch of my time. And when the cart is full I multitask. 

In my need for constant movement and busyness, I miss things. Attention to detail? Yeah. That’s not my strength? Worshiping at the altar of productivity? BINGO! And then I’m hit with subtle reminders that we are not meant to move at a breakneck pace. 

This morning I was rushing through the living room at around 6:30 a.m. to squeeze in a little work before all three of my kiddos were awake and demanding for me to feed them. I was literally sprinting through my living room with a laundry basket in my hands when something caught the corner of my eye.

I walked to the front door and I saw it. The sunrise. And it was gorgeous. I opened the front door and stood on my porch and just stared at it for a moment.


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I stopped. I was still. I was quiet. I wasn’t filling my small moment with one more email. One more reply. One more mindless scroll down the rabbit hole. I was just still.

(And then I pulled out my phone and took this bad photo because… come on.) Be still today. Take a minute. Give yourself time to slow down. Take one thing off your to do and just don’t do it. It’s okay to slow down.