jusummerhayes

Slowing down

“My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life. Music and life are all about style.” – Miles Davis

It's 5.15 am.

I've been awake since 4.36 am but, thankfully, I managed to sleep through the night, which was unexpected.

I checked the news on my phone and it's been reported that Devon now has the highest number of Coronavirus cases outside London. Am I worried? A little, but mostly for those people in the high-risk groups. Where I work still hasn't decided to allow people to work from home. Personally, I think it's only a matter of time.

My wife and I have decided, given that she works at the local hospital and two of our children attend the local College and University, to stay away from her 84-year-old father who is in poor health. He understands better than most the risk and whilst it's not perfect, I'm looking forward to calling him daily to make sure he's OK and to ensure he and his wife have everything they need. 

Of course, the panic buying has set in. You can understand why people might feel a tad nervous, but toilet rolls — of all things! Rice, pasta and UHT milk I might understand but, really, is that the biggest priority right now? Apparently so!

What of today's few words on the above rubric?

All I wanted to say is that slowing down is not something to get hung up about — as if (sometimes) we have a choice — but of late, particularly in times of high drama or stress, I've made a point of doing things in a deliberate, slow way if only because it brings me back to the present moment. Yes, that might sound contrived but when my mind is quiet(er) life feels so very different: I feel this wide-open space — almost like I'm connected to everything in the vicinity and beyond — and life is suddenly much more real.

I know this sort of message is a well-trodden path but I'm the worst culprit when it comes to running on empty largely because I feel guilty if I sit around doing nothing. It's better, as I've only discovered in later life, to have less on my plate and enjoy every moment of what I'm doing.

Also in the mix, as I've previously written about, is completing the things that I start. I know that if I keep saying to myself don't start things you're not going to finish and I combine that with a more deliberate approach to my work, then I'm much more likely to escape the usual lament associated with having too many spinning plates and nothing to show for it.

I'd love to know what you think?

Is now the time (as opposes to what?) to consider what it might look like if we applied our passion, zeal and energy in a more deliberate, slower way?

Much love, Ju.

Photo by Martin Adams on Unsplash

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