Slow Down and Reflect on Life

As we hurtle through this holiday season, I urge you to slow down and take time to reflect on your life.

Slow Down and Reflect on LifeAs we hurtle through this holiday season, I urge you to slow down and take time to reflect on your life and how you can make life better for those around you. September, October and November quickly slid into December and now we are caught up by the hectic pace of the holidays. Not only are family demands increased exponentially at this time of year, but it seems almost impossible to get anything done at work between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. How can something as enjoyable as the holidays be so taxing?

Most of us become so enamored by the hustle and bustle of the season that we don’t even realize we are working so hard to have a good time. Slowing down and appreciating the truly important things such as family, volunteer work, and personal relationships is hard to do when you’re going the speed of sound with your hair on fire!

Everything in our lives is turned up a notch and the volume drowns out many of the small pleasures we need to remain calm, but it is a great time to volunteer. The increased demands on your time may seem to be overwhelming, but it is actually a good way to help you appreciate every little thing and moment in life. Giving of one’s self can be profoundly gratifying and calming.

If you need to find a place to volunteer, you can contact the Nassau County Volunteer Center at (904) 261-2771 or via email

Take time to enjoy the small pleasures and remind yourself that life, personal as well as professional, is more than goals and deadlines. Sometimes you need to realize that life is like a river that must flow and ripple. If you try to capture it in a bucket, you just end up with a bucket of stagnant water. Trying to “get ahead” by going faster and faster can have the same outcome.

Being able to slow down often has the effect of making things proceed more smoothly and efficiently. This can be true at work or at home.

A couple of quotes help to emphasize this message. Humanitarian Eddie Cantor once said, “Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast, you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” And, professional golfer Walter Hagan said, “You are only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”

Slow down so your progress will be better.

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