Posts Tagged ‘slowing down’

Just Be

October 7, 2019

I volunteered to work a two-day fundraiser. I left my phone in my purse, didn’t bring a book, and brought a notepad that really was meant for short notes related to the event. “Self,” I said, “just be there. Your other obligations can wait.”

Turns out I gave myself good advice. The other volunteers also decided to focus on the event, so when we did have a lull we actually talked to each other. Given that we were all writers, a few ideas that could lead to short stories popped up (which I dutifully wrote down in the ledger notebook – I know better than to trust I’ll remember good ideas!). That was an extra gift. The real benefit was in being present, paying attention, and slowing down. Give yourself that gift this week if you can, and if not now later in the month. You’re worth the time.

Luck and wisdom!