Spark of Hope #98 – My 82-year-old father frequently comments about how fast time is going. “Before I knows it, the day is gone!” I assure him that he’s not alone in that feeling. I hear it from 20-something-year-old’s too. It’s not an age-factor; it’s a society, information overload, too busy and too hurried-factor. Yet, there are some simple ways we can live life at more of a snails pace.
Here are 5 simple ways:
1. Turn off call waiting. I routinely did so during my weekly co-hosted radio program, to block out any interruptions during our on-air chat. Then, one day I realized I’d forgotten to turn it back on … and guess what? People left messages when I missed their call. I also had the luxury of talking to others without feeling compelled to put them on hold. I never turned call-waiting back on. Why not let “voice mail” answer?
2. Open text messages when you can respond. Otherwise, two things will likely occur: you feel pressure to answer right away. Or, you intend to answer later, and before you know it a day or two has passed. Then, you feel pressure for not answering. Remember “snail-mail”? Why not minimize the pressure on yourself?
3. Work one window at a time. Another radio example here. When we’re on the air, I have eight to ten windows open on my computers, simultaneously. That’s my way of going back and forth so Rob and I can run a dashboard, chat room, pertinent websites, and other messages — while taking turns talking with our guest. That scenario has made me appreciate “one window at time.” Multitasking has its place, and so does single-tasking. Why not enjoy the view where you are?
4. Create ME time. Being all things to all people all the time isn’t possible. Messages, tasks, and people can wait, sometimes. After 18 years of lap swimming, I still have to push myself to make time. That is ME time, to nourish my mind, body and soul. Regularly tuning out the world isn’t a luxury, it’s necessary. Why not slow down and create a better you?
5. Give a hug. My children will attest to the value I place on a hug. After they were grown and out on their own, I learned they had told their dates, “when you meet my mom, make sure you give a good hug.” To me, a hug is like a window into the heart. You are, in essence, communicating the value of another person. The way you make a person feel will outlast the moments you spend with them. Why not slow down to hug hello, goodbye and in between?
Live Life at a Snails Pace —
where HOPE is refreshed and Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!
Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!