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Focus for 2014

Over the course of the next year, with the purpose of living life to its fullest and reaching your full potential, aspire to the following:

Seek Inspiration and Inspire.

Learn to control your mind, thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviors.

Seek to maintain a Zen-like State of Being of Joy and Tranquility at ALL times.

Learn to Meditate.

Purposeful, focused living.

Be Proactive vs. Reactive.

Significantly raise your Energy Level.

Destroy Laziness within in ALL its forms.

A.W.A.R.E. ~ Awaken Within and Remain Engaged

Create BALANCE in Every Area of Life –

Spiritual

Mental

Physical

Emotional

Relational

Recreational

Occupational

Financial

The Art of Slowing Down

First Words (An Introduction)

“Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes…”

– Unknown

For a long time now I have been dreaming and scheming, prepping, plotting and thinking about writing on the subject of “The Art of Slowing Down”, but could never quite find the time… It seems that I have just been too damned busy.

While this may sound tongue-in-cheek, we laugh because we know it’s true.

This life we live, the lives we lead in this day and age of time-saving technology is more rapid paced than our ancestors could ever dream of. The speed at which we live is of Biblical proportions. In fact, in the Bible the book of
Daniel refers to the last days by saying, “knowledge will increase and men will run to and fro…” 1

You know it’s getting bad when we find ourselves standing in front of the microwave, tapping out feet, looking at our watches, pacing back and forth and throw our hands in the air demanding, “Hurry up already!”

Stress, heart disease, poor relationships, depression, anxiety, road rage, lack of focus, meaning and purpose, (and on and on) can all be traced back to this issue of time shortage.

The Art of Slowing Down… a distant land to most of us living in the 21st Century.
“To live a simple and effective life.”
Simple. Meaning – purposeful and uncluttered.
Effective. Meaning – full of joy and lived attentively. Experiencing every gift it has to offer and drinking of its chalice to the very last drop.
The purpose in learning the art of slowing down is not only to observe and become a better student of life, but live a changed, more complete, more interesting, more satisfied life as a result.
This doesn’t mean there needs to be an attempt to fill every corner and available space. No, no! There should be large margins and wide open prairies.
There are measureless spaces between the stars, to the human eye. Yet each star is the sun to it’s own solar system; that which the planets revolve around. As Debussy said, “Music is the silence between the notes” and I believe that life is lived just as much, (if not more), in the space between the events and things “happening” in our lives.
…Oh how I long to truly live in those spaces… I long to have the courage it takes to journey into many lands near and distant, and “on my side”, as Thoreau says, “require of every writer, first or last, a simple and sincere account of his own life, and not merely what he has heard of other men’s lives; some such account as he would send to his kindred from a distant land; for if he has lived sincerely, it must have been a distant land to me.”2
…and so, the Peregrination begins…near or distant, may it be simple, full of joy and packed with purpose.

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