Are you rushing through life?
—October 14, 2021
We get up every morning and rush to get ready for work. We rush to have breakfast, we rush through our cell phones, we rush through our busy calendars, we rush through our meals--we rush through the million things we hope to accomplish every day.
Our lives become impossibly busy, and we become disconnected from the simple moments in life. Rushing becomes our way of living, and we don't realize the negative effects it creates on our body, mind, and spirit.
Taking a moment to slow down is a challenge. We are confronted by a constant expectation to respond to an email, a text, or a phone call immediately. The world is busy, and we are constantly dashing through life as if we were in a race, and we need to get to the finish line as soon as possible.
Learning to slow down is a very difficult task for me. I have definitely gotten better at it, but my hope is to be more aware and appreciative of the simple and enjoyable moments in life.
One of my favorite "slow down" opportunities I have discovered is waking up early while the sun is just starting to rise. I look out my window, and everything is so calm... A few birds are just starting to discover the feeder, maybe one or two squirrels are climbing down from the trees, the beautiful light slowly stretches on the horizon, all is so quiet… It is just me taking it all in, enjoying this simple moment in life, and appreciating being alive.
Learning to pace ourselves can open our hearts and mind to moments of gratitude. It also teaches us to handle the fast-living pace that surrounds us with a fresher and more positive attitude. Learning to slow down gives us time to appreciate our friendships, our families, and our work, and discover the joys of living.
So, take a breath and make it a routine to slow down and savor the moment, allow yourself to be embraced by the experience, and let it nurture you. Maybe take a walk in nature, sip a cup of tea, meditate, hug a loved one, pet your feline friend, or turn on your favorite music and dance. Enjoy what life has to offer you!
Simplifying our busy lives by learning to slow down is the perfect way to Design a Good Life!
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October is here!
October is one of my favorite months of the year. Not just because it is my birthday month, 😉 but also because I am fascinated with the beautiful colors of the changing season!
It is also the perfect time for a refresh of our homes. With the holidays approaching and the possibilities of spending time with our families again, we can make our homes more inviting, just by changing a few items--adding soft pillow covers, a nice wool rug, a fuzzy blanket, or a comfy chair. Perhaps you are looking to add a new fireplace to your living room, or a large mural on one of the walls. Fall brings coziness, warmth, and magic holiday times into our lives!
I have put together a "Shop This Look!" board to inspire you to refresh your home. I hope you enjoy these selections, and if so, you might want to shop for them! Take a look:
My book recommendation for this week
The book takes place during WWII. It tells the true-life story of how a Polish family, Jan, Antonina and their young son Ryszard, who were responsible for managing the zoo in Warsaw, saved over three hundred people from the Nazis. They hid these refugees in the animal cages and saved them.
It is a fascinating and inspiring story of human empathy and love during a horrifying time. It is the kind of book you will not want to put down, you just have to read it! ❤️
Designing a Good Life
Thank you for following my blog and for your support of my new journey! Please share my blog with others and encourage them to subscribe to my blog and follow me on social media--it would be so helpful. I wish you, your family, and friends a beautiful and peaceful week, and remember to create a Good Life! Much love, Mané.