The last few days have been about slowing down for me...but you probably guessed that from my entry title. It started with my computer. My mac book pro, which is usually a trooper, started running ridiculously slow. By Thursday, I would click on a web page or a program I needed to open and had time, while it was loading, to complete other small projects. I just could not get in a hurry. But night though, I became aware that something was very wrong.
After speaking with an IT friend, I learned that part of my problem was that I had ridiculously low memory....like crazy, scary low memory. I had to go through my music library and start purging music. I spent two and a half hours on this project!
By Friday, I was working to back some important documents...you know, like my sermon for Sunday and my doctoral dissertation. I spent some quality time with the apple geniuses that evening and after working on it for about three hours, they finally found what was wrong. I'm not an IT person and so I don't really understand what was wrong, but it's fixed.
But, then yesterday, while driving home from a board meeting in Greensboro. I got stuck in crazy traffic over and over and just had to sit. There was no need to get in a hurry. So, by last night, I was embracing the slow thing. I took a long hot bath with a good book and a fun drink. I found an app that actually has helps guide your breathing so you slow down. Kind of like meditating...and at first, I thought, this is ridiculous. But after five minutes of slowly breathing, I felt amazing!!!!
At a recent conference I attended, we discussed the idea of Sabbath as being a day when you do not rush. You may get things done, but the crazy pace of life we normally experience, is noticeably missing. There is a faith that what needs to get done will get done, and so there is a peace to your actions.
So.....slow down. Take a few deep breaths...literally...go do it now.