Archive for April, 2009

Taking it slow

Apr. 27th 2009

Over the weekend, I happened to catch a morning news show doing a story on “Slow Down London”. Loved it! For ten days, April 24-May 4, hundreds of people are uniting to encourage their fellow citizens to improve the quality of their lives by slowing down.

Our lives are dictated by schedules, to do lists, organizers, cell phones – never enough time to get it all done. Vacation is our chance to recharge, but is a couple of weeks really enough? What if we slowed down a little in our every day life? Right now, I can hear some of you saying you don’t have time. Give it a try. You’ll find that by slowing down, you may actually get more accomplished with less stress. Take a few minutes to recharge your batteries. Funny thing, we seldom forget to recharge our cell phones or ipods.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Leave your cell phone behind and go for a walk – slowly
  • Have lunch in the park, not at your desk
  • Allow an extra 15 minutes for travel so you don’t have to rush
  • Plant flowers. It’s good to play in the dirt!
  • Prepare dinner from fresh ingredients
  • Spend an afternoon with a good book
  • Check out slowfood.org
  • Play tourist in your home town
  • Attend a yoga or meditation class
  • Close your eyes and take three deep breaths before turning on your computer
  • Take a nap
  • Let calls go to voice mail
  • Take a long candlelit bubble bath
  • Close your eyes and appreciate all that is wonderful in your life before each meal

There is more to life than increasing its speed – Ghandi

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Hello In There

Apr. 13th 2009

Life’s been a bit of a whirlwind the past couple of weeks. I hopped on a jet plane headed down to Hilton Head Island for a surprise visit with my parents. If you haven’t surprised someone you love lately, I highly recommend it!

One of the highlights of my trip was the way my Grandma’s face lit up like the 4th of July when I stopped in to spend some time with her. We chatted about Easter eggs, my purse (she commented frequently on how much she liked it) and my family. Lively and animated, she kept me laughing on each of my visits.

Sunday, Dad received a call from the assisted living facility that Grandma had fallen in the bathroom. Monday, I went by her room before flying back to Boston. She was unaware of my presence. Wednesday, April 1st, she passed away in the early hours of the morning. Grandma was 95 years old.

I am saddened that I will no longer be able to stop by Grandma’s when I go home. Mostly, I am filled with joy that I had one last visit thanks to a spontaneous decision to fly south.

Nourishment is so much more than the food we consume. The relationships we have with family and friends are essentialto living amazing lives. I would challenge you to take it one step further. In the words of John Prine-

“So if youre walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please dont just pass em by and stare
As if you didnt care, say, hello in there, hello.”

Grandma’s smile will forever remain etched in my memory warming my heart.

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