Posts in the ‘Go slowly’ Category

Shun the Sense of Urgency

SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011   Shun the Sense of Urgency   I’ve been thinking about how I’d rather not feel crazy-busy and frantic anymore. Eyeing my to-do list and the clock is anxiety-provoking and torturous—and that’s not the way I want to live. I know of someone who decided one day to never again do

Life Unplugged

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011   Life Unplugged   Rushing and multitasking is the M.O. for many of us these days. We’re hot-wired into our smart phones, iPods, laptops and more. I marvel at my daughter as she surfs the net on her laptop, texts on her cell phone, and watches TV out of the corner

Unpack the Kayak

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2010   Unpack the Kayak   Over lunch the other day, a friend of mine said, “I don’t know how you do it all.” Her comment took me aback. After thinking about it a few moments, I realized that I don’t know how I do it all, either. Aside from these disclaimers,

Doing Nothing Does a Lot

SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2009   Doing Nothing Does a Lot   Do you know how to relax (as in, doing nothing) without feeling guilty? If you do, please let me know how you do it—nothing, that is. I’ve been trying without much success. And I suppose that’s my first mistake: Putting effort into not putting forth effort.

Brake for Food

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009   Brake for Food   “It’s not going anywhere; it’s already dead.” That’s what slips out of my mouth when my husband and daughter eat with alarming alacrity. The first one done doesn’t get the prize. In Leo Babauta’s blog Zen Habits, he writes in his post, 5 Powerful Reasons to Eat Slower, “One

Walk in Beauty

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008   Walk in Beauty   Experts who focus on physical health often say that walking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Experts who focus on mental and spiritual health site meditation as the primary path to wellbeing. This isn’t a contradiction. The two fit and

Feeling Stuck?

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2008   Feeling Stuck?   What do you do when you feel stuck: When it seems nothing is working out right; you’re spinning your wheels; you’re drained of ideas, motivation and energy? If you fight the feeling instead of going with the flow, you’ll probably end up frustrated and exhausted… The next

Once Upon a Time

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008   Once Upon a Time   When my “to do” list is longer than the time in which to do it, I take a deep breath and wonder: What would Mrs. Hood do? (WWMHD?) Mrs. Hood was my kindergarten teacher. We loved her. She had an entourage of adoring kids constantly

The Memory Keepers

FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 The Memory Keepers Yesterday, we stopped at a gas station after my daughter’s softball game. “Mom,” she said sweetly, “Can you get me something to drink?” That jump-started my internal dialogue: “She’s 15 and entirely capable of getting her own,” said Hard-Core Mom. “But,” said Sympathetic Mom, “She’s the innocent victim

Take It Slow

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2008   Take It Slow   “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.“ -Ralph Waldo Emerson This weekend I met people who move slower than I do. When I told my husband this, he said, “So. They were going backwards.” Actually, they moved the way nature intended: At an even keel.

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