It’s like that commercial says, life comes at you fast. The older you get the faster it seems to come.
It’s disturbing sometimes how a holiday can arrive and it feels like we just celebrated that last month instead of 365 days ago.
I try to counteract this in a few ways. One is by staying in the present moment as much as possible and not constantly thinking about the past or future. Another is avoiding the urge to always distract myself from the present moment. For example, if I’m meeting a friend for lunch and I arrive first, instead of scrolling on my phone I will just look around the restaurant and notice everything and take that window to just center my energy. It’s a small thing but it makes a big difference.
My third strategy is to be in and observe nature because nature is timeless and something new is always happening. I try to watch the sunrise each day with my coffee and lately I’ve been making it a point to look at a marvelous giant oak tree in my backyard every day to appreciate the leaf display and how the sunlight dresses it up in different ways.
Slowing down time is self-care but I would say it goes even deeper than that. It’s soul-care.
Barbara Wayman, APR