Most of us live busy lives. If you’re a parent, there is pressure to ensure your child is in every activity in the world. It might be one sport during the fall, another for winter, another for spring, and yet another for summer. Then add in band activities and scouting, and every other activity, and it can seem like there is an activity or some place to be every day or maybe even twice a day (or more).
Now, compound that if you work, and life can get real busy, real fast.
In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ferris breaks the fourth wall throughout the movie by talking directly to the audience. In one scene, Ferris has tricked his mother into thinking that he is sick (and in need of a day off). After she leaves the room, he lays on the bed looking up at the camera and addresses the audience. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
The holiday season can be busy. There is pressure to get to family gatherings and get the shopping done. Trying to plan a get together during the month of December with family and friends can be like a game of calendar Tetris. It seems like there is always at least one person that has something else going on; it could be a work Christmas party or a family visit from out of town.
For this season, I’d like you to consider an assignment. Be warned though, it isn’t an easy assignment.
Your assignment: slow down, savor, rest, and contemplate.
Slowing down the pace of our lives means eliminating hurry and limiting the demands and activities in our lives. We are then more likely to take delight in our lives and make room for the Christ child.
We have been trained by society that we are what we do. We are taught we have value because of what we produce and what we do.
Slowing down is the natural way of our soul. Robert Barron says it this way. “The deepest part of the soul likes to go slow since it seeks to savor rather than accomplish, it wants to rest in and contemplate the good rather than hurry off to another place.”
You cannot rush watching a sunset or sunrise. The earth moves at a pace that we cannot change.
So, slow down.
Take a breath.
Savor the little moments.
Remember that God loves you.