Slow down;You are not responsible
for doing it all yourself, right now. God is there!
Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there.
Each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.
Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it's OK to
tell them they're pushing.
Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow,
the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.
Taste your food. God gives it to delight as well as to
Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They
are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not
Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn,
or possess. God's gifts just are; be grateful and their
purpose will be clear.
When you talk with someone, don't think about what you'll
say next. Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.
Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried
little person inside you.
Create a place in your home...at your work...in your heart...
where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.
Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn't
luxury; it's a necessity.
Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday
and tomorrow -- and now. NOW counts.
Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size,
age, or condition.
Talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't
measured by words.
Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for
living, not scheduling.
Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but
it's fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.
Make time for play -- the things you like to do. Whatever
your age, your inner child needs re-creation.
Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.
Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.
Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as
leaders. There will always be new opportunities for you
to step out in front again.
Divide big jobs into little jobs. If God took six days to
create the universe, can you hope to do any better?
When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask
yourself "WHY?" you are rushing and anxious. The reasons
may improve your self-understanding.
Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from
monks and hermits without becoming one.
Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.
Work with your hands. It frees the mind.
Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.
Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and
Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the
throttle, the invitations. Less really can be more.
Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do -- but
often it is the best.
Take a walk -- but don't go anywhere. If you walk just to
get somewhere, you sacrifice the walking.
Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you
have more, you are blessed. Bless them in return.
Count your blessings - one at a time and slowly.
When your head is on the Pillow
And the day is almost done
Count God's blessings
Count them one by one !