“What are you being called to do? Stop, sit, and listen for a while. The answer will come.” ~ Lisa Hammond
Anyone who knows me very well will tell you that I’m not the most patient person in the world. In fact, it’s one of the great lessons of my life, learning to be patient. I even have a 3X5 card with the word “Patience” printed on it in my office. Sometimes it even helps.
I usually sort of run though life, and I can get more done in a day than most people can get done in a week. Even though that’s a great quality most of the time, it also makes for a fairly stress-filled life at times. What I’ve learned is that, when I’m running too fast, The Universe has a funny way of throwing something in my way to quite literally slow me down. Whether it’s a computer issue, a slow moving child, or a traffic jam, when I’m forced to just sit and wait, I’m finding it more of a gift than a curse lately.
What I’ve learned in the past few years is that often when I’m running as fast as I can (which tends to be all the time unless I’m sleeping), I can easily miss a simple solution or idea that’s sitting quietly as I zoom past it. It’s easy to convince myself that I have too much to do every single day and that there’s really no time to just sit and process.
I know that’s not true, and this year I’m committing to give myself the gift of slowing down instead of waiting for circumstances to force me to do that. I’m anticipating some of the best ideas I’ve ever had will come out of this practice and I’m excited about discovering what they might be.
What about you? Do you think this might work for you as well?