Category Archives for "Keep It Simple"

Mar 25

Cherishing The Ways Of Our Past

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

Life changes over time and many good things are added to our lives. Like the convenience of placing orders and having them delivered to your doorstep. It is easy, at times, to go with the flow and do what everyone else is doing around us, but there are other times when the good old ways of living life are the BEST.

What are some good old ways of living that come to your mind when you think of life in the past? My years as a child seemed simple, not fancy, but great. Even though there are many great things about life today, there are many things I do not want to lose from my past. Here are just a few.

Eating dinner around the table as a family was the norm. I know as my siblings and I grew up and got our first jobs, the number of people around the dinner table started to dwindle, but as kids, eating dinner together was what we did. It gave us a chance to eat a good hearty meal lovingly prepared by my mom who stayed at home/worked from home. It gave us a chance to see each other one time a day, since work and school scattered us during the day and chores and other activities kept us busy after dinner. Dinner together gave us all a chance to catch up with each other. I don’t remember any real deep conversations, but I do remember times when we laughed so hard that me and my sister would have to leave the room so our drink would not squirt out of our noses. Today, It’s only John and I, but eating dinner around our kitchen table on most nights is a BEST thing in my life.

Going for a walk (thankfully not 5 miles to school, uphill both ways). When my Grandparents were alive, they would have probably laughed if they read this blog about going for a walk. My grandparents lived and worked on a farm. They walked and moved as a normal part of their day. They did not need to add exercise into their routine for good health. I do remember as a child, and especially as a teen, getting out and walking around our small town with a friend or just by myself. I also have fond memories of me and my dad power walking home from church on Sunday. He always had to time it to see what our pace was. This winter, getting out to walk every day was a difference maker for me, and because of it, I felt great. I knew how to bundle up, depending on the weather, and enjoyed the fresh air and the sunshine on my face. Walking each day brought LIFE to my day. 

Spending time on projects (alone or with others). My mom has her sewing machine set up to this day. Growing up, she always encouraged me to work on projects with her scrap material. One of my most memorable projects was making a Michael Jackson glove (just one of course). We did not go shopping in places where I could buy one, and why buy one if I could make one? If I was not sewing something, I was moving the furniture around in my room, at least once I had a room to myself. Moving the furniture around into new interesting configurations was fun for me. Spending time on projects that I enjoy is still a part of my everyday life. I can’t imagine life without something to work on.

Having family game night, or for us growing up, it was mom and dad playing cards with aunts and uncles while us cousins played outside or in the basement. Fun time together was not something out of the ordinary, it was deeply ingrained in our lives. These days, Covid-19 has put a halt to getting together with others besides our immediate family, but we have found fun ways to enjoy our time together at home. I do have to say that I am excited, with the vaccines and understanding the virus better, about getting out to spend time with other families here very soon. I think we will cherish our time together so much more since we had to do without it for so long.

What memories of your past have been stirred up as you read this post? How did they positively impact your life? Are they things you can make sure you hold on to in today’s world? I hope so!

Here’s to living in this great day and time, while holding on to the great things from our past!

My Daily Walk With Jesus: God loves us so much. I have learned over the last year especially that just because He loves me does not mean I get what I want. I am far away from understanding God’s ways, but I keep learning. Even when times are tough, I am learning that God is with me through it all, that He has a plan for my growth and that His love never fails. The same is for you too. Even if you don’t believe in Him today, He still loves you and wants you to turn away from your past beliefs and turn towards Him. Turn to Him and ask for Him to move in your life and He will. He did when I did not believe.

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Oct 08

Here’s Something To Help You Focus

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

The idea of FOCUS has been on our minds lately. Sometimes it is hard to focus in a world that seems chaotic. But focus is possible. What has gotten your focus today? Do you feel something else should have your focus? There are many wonderful and beautiful things in life to focus on, let’s pursue them today.

I love the picture above. It’s a picture of a woman giving all of her focus to one young life. She is encouraging him and probably even instructing him as he embarks on this new adventure. She is holding tight to protect him, but allowing him to find balance himself. They are taking their time and not rushing. He has her undivided attention...focus. 

It reminded me to ask myself, do the people in my life have my attention? Do they ever get my undivided attention and focus? 

I know the other day I asked my husband a question as I was sorting the mail. I realized when I was done, that I had not listened to his answer. My attention was divided. It would have been easy for me to wait a few more minutes to look through the mail. I did not need to rush, but I did. John did not get my full attention.

Slowing down is a big part of focus and slowing down is a mindset we have to consistently work on. When life is slower, each item that presents itself is more likely to get attention. In contrast, when we feel rushed, we feel we have to multi-task, and nothing gets the time it deserves. If you are like me, I forget something important, like brushing my hair, when I am rushed and trying to do many things at once.

I also find myself in the mode of rushing from the moment I get up in the morning. Just today I had to tell myself that I did not have to rush. Rushing has become a default setting for me. One that I need to reset regularly in order to give each task and person in my life the attention and focus I want to give them.

If you are struggling with focus in your day today, ask yourself if you feel rushed. If you do, try to slow your mind and your actions down and see if that helps you focus more clearly. The people in our lives notice when they have our full attention. They deserve the BEST and so do you.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: It is no surprise that God is challenging me to keep life simple, to stay focused on what is right in front of me. There is a season for planning and preparing, but that is not the season I am in right now. I am in the season of giving my full attention to what is right in front of me. I wonder if this is how God wants me to live from here on out? Not worrying about the future (even though I can plan a fun vacation), but staying focused on Him today.

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Sep 24

Words Of Wisdom For Uncertain Times

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

After lunch each day, I listen to an audio version of the Bible. This past Monday, a few verses from Proverbs jumped out at me. I have been struggling with what to focus on this fall, as the uncertainty of our world continues. I hope they are an encouragement to you too.

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; 

fix your gaze directly before you.

26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet

And be steadfast in all your ways,

27 Do not turn to the right or the left;

Keep your feet from evil.

Proverbs 4:25-27 New International Version

I don’t know about you, but I have found it very easy to get distracted with things that are not all that important. I think that is why I perked up when I heard the first sentence “Let your eyes look straight ahead;” That idea brought a sense of calm to me. It was a reminder that I don’t have to have my head on a swivel, in fact, looking straight ahead is good and feels right. As I sat out on my deck listening, I literally looked straight out in front of me.

As I heard the next verse “fix your gaze directly before you” I did exactly that. I tilted my head down and looked five or so feet in front of me. It reminded me that even though I want to make plans for the future, it is good sometimes to give full attention to what or who is right in front of me.

“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet” because distraction will come and try to move our focus elsewhere. It does take careful thought to stay on track...on the right path.

“And be steadfast in all your ways.” I looked up the word steadfast and it said unwavering. I don’t know about you, but I can tend to waver depending on my mood for a particular day. 

“Do not turn to the right or the left.” We are to stay focused regardless of how we feel and what comes our way.

“Keep your feet from evil.” Stay focused on what is good and right.

After I finished listening for the day, I walked back to my office to get back to work. I sat down with my calendar and asked myself what I should stay focused on. What is right in front of me that should get my attention? In the process, I planned out my next few weeks with purpose and pushed all the other “stuff” out of my mind and off my calendar. It felt really good to bring that focus to my day and life.

What is straight in front of you that should get your focus? What can you do to stay on that path and not get distracted? What is the right and best thing for you and your family right now?

Spending time thinking about these questions will bring focus in the midst of much uncertainty. 

My daily walk with Jesus: I need continual reminders throughout my day to focus on God and His ways. I just recently read a book about the monastic way of life and those that follow it fill their day with scripture, prayer and singing the Psalms. They live a beautiful, focused and simple life. Following their example I start my day by listening to a few God focused songs as I eat my breakfast. I pray the Lord’s prayer as I walk and pray for family and friends. After my walk I take a short time to read the Bible and a daily devotion. I just recently started listening to the audio Bible for fifteen minutes after lunch, and I end my day thanking God for my day. I tell you this because I used to think it was not possible to focus this much on God during my day, but it is. It is good and it is right.

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Aug 27

When Life Is Not Easy…Be Kind To Yourself

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple , Perseverance

Life is not easy right now. The time of the year that is normally filled with excitement, energy and new beginnings is marked with starts, stops, continual changes, and uncertainty. As one facet of life changes, everything has to adjust with it. Just when you feel like you have a plan to move forward, it all changes again. What can you do to take care of yourself through it all?

For many, you are dealing with the beginning of a school year with kids going back to school. For others, you are dealing with health issues, job changes or death in your families. Each one of these life events requires a tremendous amount of time and energy. Yet somehow, we feel like we can pile it on and keep moving through life as normal. I’m like, you, I try. But I soon find myself exhausted, frustrated and emotionally drained.

Wouldn’t it be so much better if you gave yourselves a break during this transition time? 

I like to look at it as going into “maintenance mode”. Instead of pushing things forward, I simply work at maintaining the status quo for a while. You know, it’s okay. 

  • Instead of having the perfect meals for my family, I default to the easier, simpler snack and meals.

  • Instead of my normal exercise routine, I keep moving by taking a walk by myself or with loved ones.

  • Instead of trying to do everything myself, I ask for help with laundry, dishes, picking up the house, taking out the trash.

  • Instead of having a clean house, I have a clean enough house for the time being.

What are you going through right now? What can you do to go into “maintenance mode” for this time of change in your year? Remember, it is just for a short time. It will get you through to the other side and give you the break you need. The alternative is exhaustion, and I don’t want that for you, nor do the people that love you.

You deserve a break, but you are the only one who can give it to yourself. Give yourself the gift of a break today.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: I have learned that God is all for rest, especially when life gets difficult. Through many of the ups and downs with my health, He is the first to remind me to slow down and be kind to myself. Yes, He does allow difficulties in our lives, but He is also the first to say “be still and know that I AM.” Regardless of what we are going through, He is with us. Let’s lean on Him today.

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Jul 02

Summers As A Child Were Special

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

I remember my summers as a child to be slow and sweet. It felt like my only obligation was to ride my bike to swim team practice each weekday morning and race in a weekly meet. My other time was spent outside playing by myself or with a friend, escaping the built up heat inside our non air-conditioned house. When I think back to it, it was simple and good.

Life is not always that simple as adults. We certainly have more responsibilities and obligations, but I believe we can find some sweet simplicity if we are intentional about finding it.

That intentionality includes awareness that our culture values busyness and a slower pace tends to be seen as lazy. How many times have you taken some down time only to feel guilty about taking it afterwards? The fast pace that our world revolves in is not necessary nor healthy most of the time. Individuals and families are starting to see a better, slower and simpler way they want to live.

What is BEST for you and your loved ones this summer? A jammed packed schedule or a slower pace that fosters meaningful time together? A little boredom that can spark our imaginations, or some silliness and fun, maybe walking in the rain and playing in puddles?

My husband and I remain committed to staying at home through this time of Covid-19, for our good health and for the good health of others. This time has been a gift. John and I have spent more time together over the past few months than we have in the 25 years we have been married. I have experienced some boredom, but it has sparked some imagination and allowed some time for rest. I have noticed more wildlife and have become especially fascinated with birds this summer, living a much too busy life in the past to notice them. I can’t say I have been too silly, but John and I have walked in the rain many times on our morning walks.

Each of us has an amazing choice to make in life. Love, embrace and live a simpler life...or not. My experience has been that the simpler life is filled with rich life moments that I no longer would trade for constant hustle and bustle. What is your choice? What can you do this week to move in that direction?

My Daily Walk With Jesus: I believe with my whole heart that God wants us all to slow down enough to have meaningful conversations with HIm. God loves to hear what is on our hearts, even when we are upset. God also loves to whisper love, encouragement and instruction into our ears, but many times we are too busy and rushed to hear it or acknowledge it. As my life has slowed down, my time with God has become richer. I believe He wishes that for you, too!

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Jun 04

The Benefits Of Having Time And Space

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, until death do us part. These are vows that are taken when two lives are joined in marriage, but living through the bad times, living with sickness and through the death of a loved one can be devastating. There is something that can make life more manageable during difficult times, it’s having time, space and boundaries built in.

I worked full time outside of our home when my dad passed away. There was nothing I wanted more than to have more time and space to work through my own grief, take care of myself, as well as love and support my mom. It was heartbreaking to give my mom my leftover time, which wasn’t much. It was also exhausting to work long hours while my body and soul needed more rest. 

Things were completely different a few years later when I received a phone call from my husband, John, when he was having chest pains and was being brought to the hospital by ambulance. I was working at home at the time, focusing on taking care of my home, family and writing on the side. I had time, space and boundaries built into my life. When I received the call, I had time to prioritize John. Not just for a few hours, or a few days, but for the months of recovery that was required. I had time to walk with him every morning as he rebuilt strength. I had time to prepare meals, help him eat better, lose weight and regain his health. I was there to talk to him when we felt good and when he felt bad. Having time, space and boundaries built into our lives made our challenging times more manageable.

I have been talking more about “the simple life at home” lately. What does that mean? I define the simple life as “being intentional about setting aside time, space and establishing boundaries in order to put your family first at home”.

The lockdown we all have been experiencing over the past few months has allowed many of us to live this simple life at home. It has given us a glimpse of how good life can be at home, with those we love. Meals together as a family instead of picking up fast food. Eating healthier because we had time and energy for preparation. Activities together instead of running in different directions each night of the week. Down time that we did not know what to do with at first. Meaningful connections enhanced. The attitude of taking care of each other and working towards a greater good. 

Now that you have gotten a glimpse of the simple life at home, how can you be intentional about continuing to set aside time, space and establish boundaries in order to keep that simple life a priority forever? Yes, I said forever.

It will look different for each of us and it will more than likely require a bunch of baby steps to get there, but I want you to know that it is possible if you set your mind and heart to it.

It may require some financial changes that are big and hard. One thing that has allowed John and I flexibility through the years has been the fact that we purchased a smaller home that was well under what the bank would allow us to borrow. This smaller home has kept our mortgage payment low, our utilities lower, the cost of upkeep lower and we have bought less possession because we just don’t have room for them. 

Would a job change allow you to better set aside time, space and establish boundaries at home? I recently talked to a single young woman who has come to realize over the past few months that she has been working outside of her strengths in the past. She said “I did not have any energy left when I came home from work. No wonder I struggled with balancing work and life.” She is now pursuing other options for her work.

If you are already home, it might be time for a perspective change. In the past I have felt extremely guilty when I have not been working full time and bringing home a paycheck. I have seen my work at home as less important, even though deep down I knew better. The work we all do at home to prioritize our loved ones is so very important. Don’t let your mind or anyone else make you feel less important. You’ve got it right!

The simple life at home. Is it something you want to pursue? If so, what do you need to do to start moving in that direction? What are your first few baby steps?

My Daily Walk With Jesus: Pray/talk to Jesus, read His Word and Godly devotions, listen for His voice, do what He tells me too, repeat. It’s far from perfect, but it is good!

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May 21

Struggling With The Simple Life At Home

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

I was once informed that I was a workaholic. I loved my job. I loved what I did. I loved the team I worked with. I loved getting things done and being appreciated for it. On one particular day, I was frustrated with my husband, John, because he wanted me to come home and spend time with him, but I wanted to finish a few more things at work. I received a timely phone call from a woman I looked up to greatly. I shared with her my frustration with John, sure that she would take my side. Nope. She lovingly shared with me that if my job was interfering with my time and relationship with John, I needed to make some changes at work. I did not want to hear it, but she was right.

I cannot tell you how long it was from that phone call to the time I took action on the wisdom of that friend, but it sent me on a journey of simplifying my life in order to prioritize my family. I started by transitioning to part-time work, and boy, was that hard. I spent less time in the place I felt valued for my hard work and spent more time taking care of my home where I did not get as many pats on the back. Why is it that we don’t get a pat on the back for cleaning the toilets? Why is it that it is just expected that there is food in the house? However, that is life at home. 

I remember taking a walk one day because I simply had to get out of the house. I did not understand the feelings I was having. On one hand, I felt so blessed to have had the opportunity to work part time and stay on top of more things for my family, but on the other hand, I was sad. I realized, on that walk, that it really did come down to the fact that I was addicted to getting value from other people for the work I did. It is not a bad thing all together, but I was going to have to make some mental changes if I was going to make this simplified life at home work.

One mental shift I made, and still have to remind myself of, is that the work I do at home does make the lives of my loved ones better. I made it my mission to make my home a sanctuary for John to come home to after a long day of work. I never had children, but I learned the needs of my sweet puppy as she grew older and did all I could to make her life better.

I also knew that everything at home did not have to fall on my shoulders. We need the help of everyone, but, as you know, that does not automatically happen. We hold a leadership role in our homes. We keep it running smoothly with the help of a team. I heard someone once describe the job of a homemaker as a management position, and it really is. The role we hold at home is essential.

Today, we are all finding ourselves in different roles at home more than we have had in the past. Let’s see ourselves as leaders in our homes. Know that the work we do, day in and day out, is very valuable. Rally the team, so that everyone can do their part. Celebrate the big and small wins we have along the way.

Life at home can be a simpler life, and it can be one that is savored and enjoyed. Here’s to living your best life at home with those you love.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: Many times we see certain jobs as “spiritual jobs” and others as not. I have learned that everything we do in our day is part of God’s plan and will for our lives. Mowing the lawn is part of His plan for our lives. Folding laundry is too. Knowing all of the simple things I do at home is part of His plan, helps me see them in a new light. It helps me see them as important and valuable.

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Apr 30

Enjoyment Right Now

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

I have always been an advocate for making sure we add things in our calendars that we can look forward to. I have a friend that schedules camping trips for the entire summer so that she looks forward to getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. I have registered for bike ride events in the past to have something to train towards and the event to look forward to. But adding things to look forward to, like we have in the past, is not our current reality. How, then, do we add enjoyment to our lives right now?

Earlier this week I was struggling, and feeling very ho-hum. My inner dialog kept saying “I have nothing to look forward to right now.” I have no trips on the horizon, and no bike rides to train for. Sure, I have ordered some craft supplies to work on, but it all feels like “work”, nothing feels like FUN!

I had to find a solution. I like to live my BEST. I don’t like to live a ho-hum life, even through a down day here and there is okay. I started to think about life as a whole. It really consists of about 95% “everyday” type work. 

  • Getting ready in the morning.

  • Making and cleaning up from meals.

  • Work that brings home income to provide for our needs.

  • Work that needs to be done around the house to keep it running smoothly.

  • More meals and clean up.

  • Mowing the lawn and pulling weeds.

  • Helping others in our world.

The majority of our time in the past and today is spent in “everyday” kind of work. 

I had to come to grips with that and turn my feeling of BLAH into feeling of peace and acceptance. Our lives actually don’t need to be “exciting” all the time. Our everyday work is good stuff and is part of an amazing life, our BEST life. It does not feel glamorous, but I realized the glamorous life I thought I wanted was something that marketers have filled my mind with to buy their products. 

I am actually starting to realize that my everyday, simple life is pretty amazing. I am starting to enjoy things that I rushed by in the past. 

  • Today is a beautiful rainy day. We have a gentle rain that sounds amazing as it hits the new leaves that are blooming on the trees. 

  • Today, we sit next to loved ones, maybe doing “common” things, but we are together, like we have not been able to be in the past.

  • Today, we all try to do our part to make the world a better place. For some that means going out of our homes to work, for some that means staying inside and away from others, for some that means making face masks to protect each other, and yet for others it’s taking the time to call someone who lives by themselves to let them know you are thinking of them.

  • Today we cut our lawn and enjoy the scent of freshly cut grass. We love the look of it when it is all done. 

  • Today we take a walk to keep our bodies moving and healthy.

These are the simple things that our everyday lives are filled with. I am trying to embrace them as significant, because they are. They used to be after thoughts, sometimes even annoyances, but now they are the things that will bring joy into our lives, if we allow them to.

Let’s live our BEST lives, ENJOYING the things that come our way in EVERYDAY life.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: The concept of enjoying the simple things was brought forward for me in a Joyce Meyer Podcast that I listened to as well as my morning devotion with Oswald Chambers. Joyce shared that God is teaching her that she can hear His voice clearer when life is simpler. I can see how that is true. When life is hectic, we can barely hear ourselves think much less hear clearly from God. Oswald Chambers said in April 28th devotion in My Utmost For His Highest “God has got you absolutely and has given you your life. If you are not there, it is either because of disobedience or a refusal to be simple enough.” I read this devotion at a time where I did not feel like “simple” was enough. In the days since, I have worked to embrace the simpler things. God is working in me to find peace and joy in my everyday simple life.

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Nov 07

I Wish I Had Time To Be Bored!

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

This week’s blog post is the third of five blog posts that were inspired by hearing Dr. Tim Elmore at a recent conference. He is an Author and President of  an organization called Growing Leaders. He has the exciting job of growing the future generations into amazing leaders. As I have shared in my previous two blog posts, our world has some amazing things going on, but there are some unintended consequences to some of these amazing things. Today we are going to touch on the fact that our world today is filled with entertainment that we have at our fingertips. At any given moment, we can, and do pull up something to read, watch or play on our smartphones. We are constantly being entertained. What, then, is the unintended consequence to our entertaining world? We, and our next generation can see boredom as bad.

I think all of us would joke “I wish I had time to be bored!” because our lives seem so nonstop most of the time. I think if most of us were truthful though, we are the first to try to fill our time if we have a spare moment. It is what we do, but there are actually benefits to having mental downtime. 

Do you know our brains actually do some amazing things when we take time to turn them off? Why is it that we remember things when we are in the shower? It’s because our minds start to relax. It’s when they start to relax that they start to do some cool stuff.

When our minds have time to relax, we open our minds up to creativity. Many great leaders in our history books prioritized time to go out on a walk to allow their minds to wonder. It was during these mind wondering, boring times that they both found refreshment of body, refreshment of mind and refreshment of their thoughts.

If today we, and our kids, feel the need for constant stimulation and entertainment, I have to wonder if we are all starting to miss out on some really good stuff that “boredom” can give us. Are we missing out on the physical and mental refreshment that we need to truly have good health? Are we missing out on creativity in our lives because we rarely allow our minds the time to “wonder” and utilize that different part of our mind?

We all want to be in the best health we can possibly be in. Would you enjoy a little bit more creativity in your life? The ability to find new and creative answers to the concerns of your day to day life? I don’t know about you, but I am going to try to allow myself  a little bit more bored.

  • I am going to start with trying not to pull out my phone when I have a few minutes to wait. I am going to try to just sit and let my mind relax.

  • I am going to try to take a walk or ride my bike without listening to music, but allow my mind to wander.

  • Try cooking or baking with the TV off. Enjoy talking to your loved ones or just being in the moment.

  • When driving, take a period of time with no music or podcasts playing. See what interesting thoughts come your way.

I don’t know about you, but it will take some time to train myself to enjoy being bored. I am excited to see how it benefits my overall health and my creativity.

Let’s do it together! Let me, and all of those reading today, know what experiences you have had or if you are willing to give this a try with me. If you have a friend who is working through a particularly difficult challenge in life right now, suggest some boredom to allow them time to rest. You never know, a creative idea may come their way as well.

Have a great week! Enjoy the fun entertainment our world has to offer and enjoy turning it off for a while and enjoy the benefits of boredom too!

Oct 10

Does It Feel Wrong To Go Slow?

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple

Our world today values speed. One or two day delivery with Amazon Prime, faster computers and smartphones, instant access to maps. Music, apps and friends. I love every single one of these things and utilize them daily, but there can be an unintended side effect if we are not careful. In our world of speed, do we start to see moving slow as a bad thing?

I have heard countless women express tremendous guilt when having a “slower” day. We feel so much better and valuable when we are busy from start to finish. It can feel exhilarating to check a ton of items off our “to-do” list, and worthless when we don’t.

This feeling of guilt is compounded in our fast paced world when something in life like a health issue gives you no choice but to slow down. It can make us feel guilty, useless and with no energy to keep up.

Stress management is listed as part of the remedy for many medical conditions. Stress management and the speed of our  world don’t blend well together. Stress management usually means it’s time to slow some things down.

Today is a great day to try to see the beauty in the slower things in life.

  • The beauty in people

  • The beauty of nature

  • The beauty of family and friends

  • The beauty found in unexpected moments and places.

There are so many wonderful things about the speed of our lives today, but let’s not forget the beauty of living slowly too.

Do you see the value in the slow beauty of life?

If your life has forced you to slow down, are you willing to try to embrace it and see the beauty in it?

I encourage all of us, in our fast paced world, to form the habit of embracing “slow” and enjoying its beauty that would have rushed by otherwise.

Today’s blog post was inspired by Dr. Tim Elmore who I recently heard at a conference I attended. Dr. Elmore is the founder and president of an organization called Growing Leaders. Our next generation of kids (Generation Z) are growing up in a crazy fast world. An unintended consequence of the fast pace is that kids can believe that slow is bad. As we live life together, let’s love our kids and grandkids by helping them to experience the beauty of slow, along with the fast.

Join me the next 4 weeks to look at 4 more unintended consequences of our world today. See you next week!

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