At the end of camp M & GL had their final performance. It was a work-shop-y type of number where the teacher called out direction during the show. The kids, creeping along the stage in Suzuki style technique, were given guidance with the same phrase:
Move even slower. Move slower than you think.
These words made an impact on me during the show, and now a month later, they still serve as a daily reminder.
When I feel the pressure to get dinner on the table because I want the kids to eat (and move the whole evening along)…
When I’ve got 15 outfits to pull together (and have only created 10) with a client on her way to review…
And when I put on my precarious platform shoes before racing out the door…
I can move even slower. Slower than I think.
Though it may seem more intuitive to speed up as the pressure comes down, rushing makes me more prone to mistakes and accidents…like slamming my finger in the drawer or twisting my ankle as I step up onto the sidewalk.
By slowing down I give myself time to notice my breath so I can become more thoughtful in my actions, and more present in my day.
When do you think you could slow down a little more?