Why is everyone in such a hurry? Recently I've been fixating a bit on the rush of life around me.
A car will fly by me, yet we end up side by side at the traffic light.
Blank faces elbow their way down the grocery aisle, yet I leave the store first.
I think this rush of life bothers me so much because when we focus on the speed, we miss the things around us.
We miss the purple loosestrife growing wildly in the highway median (yes, an invasive species, but still a pretty sight).
We miss the cumulous clouds that are floating like whipped cream across a robin's egg blue summer sky.
We miss the praying mantis sitting regally on the handrail of the front stairs.
We miss smiles and nods. We miss a loved one's grief-stricken call for help.
Even at school, we are rushed. Rushed to teach, rushed to run to the next meeting …no time to exhale, regroup or collect our thoughts.
It's time to slow it down.
Pause and look at faces.
Look up at a starry night sky.
Write your child a love note.
Take the long way home.
How do you slow it down when life is getting out of hand?
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