Slow Down Your Forward Thinking

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.  ~Attributed to both Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris

The kids need driven to soccer, you have to meet TWO deadlines by next Friday, dinner needs served in less than an hour, you have to help your son or daughter study for their test tomorrow: is it me or are we living our lives in fast forward? Where is the fun??

Well, I’m stating in the here and now, that it is time to slow it down and give yourself a break!! No one is perfect and we cannot possibly aim to be!! If you don’t take time for yourself NOW, you  may look back someday and wonder where all that precious time went! We all need to sit back and realize a little R&R is needed on a daily basis to accomplish the things that are most important in our lives.

Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.  ~Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

In this coming week, I encourage you to slow down your forward thinking. Stop stressing about what needs to get done tomorrow or next week and just start living in the moment! When you spend a little more time in the here and now, you realize that you get to do more things YOU enjoy; taking a stroll in the park, calling up a good friend, or cooking up a meal for two! Do something you enjoy each and every day, even if it’s just for 30 minutes. Those 30 minutes could mean the difference between complete burn out or the energy to accomplish the tasks you have for the rest of the day!

Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.  ~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I’d Like to Give to You

Thank you for all your suggestions for my bake sale on Friday! I decided to make Cristina from Hungry Meets Healthy‘s, pumpkin bars!! They look perfect for a fall treat and there are so many health benefits to pumpkin that I just couldn’t resist!! Believe me though, the recipes I was sent yesterday had me drooling and they will be popping up in the next couple months!!

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.  ~Spanish Proverb

Question: When was the last time you took time for yourself? What did you do?


19 comments to Slow Down Your Forward Thinking

  • I love Winnie the Pooh, he’s such a wise little bear :) I try to take time for me once a week, but I do notice living a lot in the future thinking about stuff that will happen and what I have to do. We should enjoy the moment you’re living right now more :)

  • [...] posted about slowing down our thinking. I am a huge culprit of wishing the days [...]

  • My yoga practice helps me to relax and keep me in the now.

  • I feel writing my blog is like my “me” time. A time no one can censor me, and I can just express whats up in my twisted little mind. I had a very wise dietitian who told me not to eat for the future or the past, but for the moment. So true. No use beating yourself up for what you ate or didn’t eat and no use worrying about what you will or wont eat. Eat for the moment, live for the moment. Man I sound lame.

  • oh man, for a few weeks i was working none stop, cutting sleep, thinking i was being more “productive”. haha…i burned out instead :p

    i learned you’ll be of more use to work (and people) when you take the time to rest and pay attention to your husband :)

  • I am trying to take some time for myself right now…I’m sitting in a lovely coffee shop, sipping on some tea before my next class. Thank you for the important reminder to stop and smell the roses. We can get so caught up in our to-do lists that we forget our number 1 goal…to live!

  • I’m all about some “me time”. I have been so busy lately though, I haven’t had much at all! Thanks for the reminder :) .

  • Great post and perfect reminder! I am going to take time for myself and ride my bike to work tonight:) Did you make the eggplant?? It is killer! :)

  • This is perfect for me. I really want to try to remember my breathing techniques from yoga to just chill out!

  • I really couldn’t even tell you when the last time was that I took time for myself. I have a ten month old baby, though, so that’s a good reason. I am OK with not having time to myself for a while. One thing I’ve noticed, however, since having him, is that he’s forced me to give up thinking too far ahead because plans just don’t stick the way they used to. He calls most of the shots right now, so I have no choice but to live in the moment with him. It’s been a hard change, but a nice one, because I definitely used to live my life in fast-forward!

  • I take time for myself in some way everyday..even if it’s jam packed. If I have more time, I’ll go out and just relax at the stables while my horse grazes, or I’ll bake, tak to my boyfriend of family..and sometimes it’s as simple as laying in the middle of my living room breathing deep and reflecting. :)

  • Your so right, taking time to slow down is really important. I try and make time each morning to sit for 10 minutes and enjoy my breakfast without rushing. I also like to plan a ‘me day’ every couple of months when I just spend some time on my own doing things I enjoy :-)

  • I make sure that every single day, I take time for myself. Sometimes it’s reading, sometimes watching a movie, maybe even just laying on my bed doing nothing but thinking about whatever catches my fancy.. I always do something to relax. I’m not the kind of person that can just go through my days without doing things that I want to do.

  • This past weekend I got a pedicure with my best friend while I was visiting home. It was so relaxing and we were able to just catch up and talk. My feet definitely need it too since I’m trying for my first half!

  • SO important to take time for yourself… I actually do a good job of making sure I fit “me” time in. Whether it’s my jog, cooking dinner, reading or watching trashy TV (don’t judge me, please), I think it’s important to fit it in :)

  • And the Spanish certainly follow that proverb. ;)

    Great post! I know I can be very go go go but I always have to have some sort of time to myself. Otherwise I end up in a meltdown. Great reminder.

  • Great post! This is so true. We are all always on fast forward. I do always try to take a few minutes for myself everyday. It can be either treating myself to a Starbucks, reading a book, or doing yoga. But I agree that I am always thinking ahead that I often forget to live in the moment.

  • This is definitely the kind of post I like to see — I need to stop fretting about the future and what will happen tomorrow. I need to work on focusing on the present and looking at what I can do NOW, not tomorrow or next week.

    I try to take time for myself each night: take the time to read, relax, sit on the couch and veg out, etc. Exercise is also “me time” that I look forward to!

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