When Victoria and I were first brainstorming what intention symbols to start with way back when, a few obvious choices sprang to mind.
And then there was slow down.
A symbol to remind all of us to pause every once in a while, take a deep breath and appreciate life just as it is, no fixing or striving, seemed like a no brainer.
With a caveat.
What were the chances of anybody actually intending to slow down?
We, after all, live in go-go-go times where multi-tasking is considered a virtue the likes of honesty and kindness. We wake up and grab our smart phones. Check email before brushing teeth. Peruse social media while mindlessly shoveling in breakfast. And we all have driven to work next to the person who is texting, am I right?
If there was a battle of slow down versus speed up with this generation, it was lost long ago.
So we keep going and going and going and ...
Until life intervenes.
In this case, in Texas last week, life intervened in the way of weather. What started with thundersleeting on Monday and Tuesday ended with a snow storm (yes, East Coasters two inches constitutes blizzard-like conditions in The Lone Star state) on Friday and Saturday. Because this is the south, this shut down schools and roads and all the go-go-going.
And in being forced to slow down, to stay in, to let deadlines whoosh by, we are reminded of just how necessary this recharging really is to our well being. It was somewhere Friday, after I spent a good portion of my day sledding with my daughter instead of tackling the 10 things screaming to me from my to-do list, that I realized how much I needed this break. How much I needed to laugh. How much I needed to wear jammies until 10 and watch movies and leave my phone in another room and make homemade hot chocolate and read a book by the fire. How much I needed to, yes, slow down.
The funny thing about this slowing and resting is how it spurs us.
As I sit here writing on this Sunday, I am raring to go into this coming week. I look forward to my to-do list, to writing, to going.
Slowing down does not slow us down, after all. It gives us energy for the journey.
So whether the sun is shining or it is thundersleeting where you are this week, slow down, breathe and enjoy your life.
This is a daily practice.
And if this is your intention, by all means, choose the slow down symbol to go in your well.