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Why Is Now the Moment to Slow Down?

Please try slowing down -- just for one moment, this moment. I guarantee it will work better. And there's nothing more I wish for you than the gift of enjoying this holiday season more than ever before. It's time.
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Right now is the busiest, craziest time of the year.

Making lists and checking them twice, rushing to get ready for a party, agonizing over what to get for that special someone, sending greetings to friends and family -- to say nothing of dealing with traffic, crowds, and the stress that comes from having far more to do than you can possibly get done -- no way!

Yet the pressure is coming from your heartfelt desire to get things right and to make others happy. To share your appreciation and love for those who matter most to you. Yet in the rush, rush, rush that intention can disappear. You may be getting it all done, but where are you and what's it all about anyway?

The best gift you can give to yourself at this moment is to slow down. Yes, I know it's
impossible, but here's why:

  1. When you slow down inside, being present to the task of this moment, being with the person in front of you -- even the store clerk or the man on the end of the line chasing up your online purchase -- life is happier for everyone, but especially you.

  • Give them the joy of your presence, attention, and listening. I notice when I remember this lesson, I'm giving a gift that means far more than one that's wrapped. Also when I'm in this place, I'm present, positive, and nicer to be around. I remember to give a hug where it's needed, holding on just a few seconds longer. Makes me far happier than checking off another item on the list.
  • When I slow down, I get far more done in less time. Speeding up, going fast, and rushing a task means that I make mistakes, have to redo stuff, and take much longer. Better to do things once and move on.
  • The #1 reason to slow down at this moment is that you give yourself the present you need most. When you're doing all the things you want to do at this time of year in a place of awareness and appreciation, the stories and movies and worries in your mind and heart dissolve. The faster you go, the more you get caught in their web. The slower you go, the more you appreciate each person, each gift that comes your way, and yourself.
  • I write these words as much for myself as for you because I need to hear them. It seems the more I get done, the more there is to do ~ especially now, especially in this moment. But these days it doesn't take long to wake up and for that I am so grateful for this long awaited happiness and peace.

    Please try slowing down -- just for one moment, this moment. I guarantee it will work better. And there's nothing more I wish for you than the gift of enjoying this holiday season more than ever before. It's time.

    I'd love to hear about whether slowing down is making a difference this holiday season. Either scroll down to leave a comment, or write to me directly at jinny@bestyearyet.com.

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