Slow Me Down

This past couple of months has been a very busy time for me – a lot of demands for products from a number of clients – some very demanding and others relatively patient.  That represents a big change from earlier months when my recruitment consulting business has been much slower than I would like.  While I have liked and really appreciate the bigger paychecks, I have not always liked what I see in myself when I get into high production mode.  The busier work gets, it gets harder to be as responsive as I would like to the needs of both my immediate and extended family and friends, let alone to my own physical, mental and spiritual health.  I feel like I have tunnel vision for days at a time, and find it hard to connect positively with those around me, or even with myself.

This is nothing new for most of us.  It just feels especially significant for me these days.  How do I respond?

A couple of thoughts come to mind.  First – listen to and pay attention to my family around me.  It has been great to have both our daughters home for a while this summer.  When I take time to be with them and be present in the moment, I am blessed.  I am amazed at the gifts that God has given us, and at the privilege of having them in my life.

Second, I need to take time away from desk and enjoy the natural world around me that feeds my soul.  Last week, I went with Kaia on a hike up Grays and Torreys Peaks, something I hadn’t done for a couple of years. Sitting on top of the peaks, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of  the world God has placed us in.  My business is just temporary!

Finally, when I have a hard time slowing down and focusing on who I am and what is most important, today the word that came to me was the phrase from the Psalms -  “Be still and know that I am God!”

Lord, help me to be still, and to pay attention to all you have given me – people to enrich and make meaningful my life, and the majesty of your creation around me. Thank you for slowing me down.   Amen.

Dave Erickson-Pearson

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