Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trust your timing


What if everything is exactly as it should be? What if your pacing is correct and there is no need to rush, hurry or worry? Maybe just as things are, your timing is precise for where you are right now. 

There is a lot of pressure in our world to do more, be better, have more, go faster, get ahead of yourself. When we live life this way, we aren't actually living, we are projecting. Our energy gets out of synch with our natural rhythms. We may also be projecting our felt expectations onto others. As we feel the pressure to perform, we may also expect that sense of urgency from others. 

When we are in this place the importance of things becomes distorted. We may feel that everything has the same level of weight, when really, some of the things are truly important and the rest will work themselves out. 

We may also be on the receiving end of other peoples' urgencies or expectations, especially in the work place and feel we have no choice. If this is a way of life you want to shift, start within. You may begin by trusting that even though the deadline didn't get met, that might just be how it is supposed to work out. We can't know the effect of our presence, energy and attitude on others, but staying centered, grounded and connected will allow others to see and feel what being centered, grounded and connected walks and talks like. Let it begin with you!


"Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong
Because it grew slowly and well."

Orin L Crain, Slow Me Down, Lord!
full version below





Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me,
Amidst the confusion of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music of the singing streams
That live in my memory.
Help me to know
The magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations of slowing down
to look at a flower;
to chat with an old friend or make a new one;
to pat a stray dog;
to watch a spider build a web;
to smile at a child;
or to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong
Because it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord,
And inspire me to send my roots deep
Into the soil of life’s enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars

Of my greater destiny.


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