Silent Retreat: Slow Down!


Yesterday I had the beginning phrases of a song repeating over and over in my mind. It was “Slow down, you move to fast…” Those lines are from The 59th Street Song, more commonly known as Feelin’ Groovy sung by Simon and Garfunkel. Yesterday was a pretty day and it was a Friday so that snippet of a song seemed appropriate.

But I think the Universe was trying to tell me something.

I had several clients to visit yesterday so I did a lot of driving. Quickly, I became convinced that every single slow moving truck and car conspired together to pull in front of me. They didn’t drive just a few miles under the speed limit, no, they drove 15 to 20 miles an hour under the speed limit!

WEB Belize20D_250And, all the while that peppy little ditty was going through my mind: “Slow down, you move too fast!”

I guess the Universe has a sense of irony and humor…!

The interesting thing was that even though I had no choice but to drive slowly, I wasn’t really late to any of my appointments. Huh. Go figure!

Give slowing down a try today and let me know in the comments below how it works out for you!

Please forward this post to a friend. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


3 thoughts on “Silent Retreat: Slow Down!”

  1. I know what you’re saying, I’ve come to realize that when I stop rushing, things get done anyway. Sometimes the need to get a task done goes away (situation changes or someone else does it).
    Quality over quantity!


    1. Hi Julie!

      Thank you for your comment!

      I’ve come to see that most delays–getting behind a slow driver, being in the slowest check-out lane, etc.–really don’t make us that late. This means that the agita and angst we create in ourselves by being impatient and annoyed really isn’t worth the expenditure of energy that they require. It doesn’t make the driver go faster or make the check-out line go any faster. All it does is make us cranky! And, we’re usually grumpy afterward for several minutes (or more!!), sometimes causing us to be short and snappish with our friends and family who are totally innocent!

      Do you have a favorite technique you use when in a situation that’s delaying you? I’d love to hear about it!

      Thanks again for your comment, Julie!

      Your Friend and Pep Pal,


      1. Yes – I try to remind myself to breathe and that we’re all in this together. If I put myself in other peoples’ shoes I realize we all have the same basic needs and desires. Some loving kindness and patience can ease the way for all of us.


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