Monday, April 30, 2012
Time: Kathryn Bronn
Slowing down can be extremely difficult to do. My schedule is constantly on the verge of overwhelming me, and I am simply feel like there is not enough time to accomplish everything I want to do in my day. This is the American way at its best. When I was just out of high school, I spent 18 months overseas—3 months in Northern New Zealand, 3 months in Thailand, 3 months in Spain, just to mention a few. I was forced to learn the art of slowing down (siesta!) and enjoying a few moments/hours of quiet time. At first, this drove me absolutely crazy. People actually take a nap or just lay around for a few hours every day??
Now, several years later, I find this a necessary practice. At least once a week, or more often if I can manage it, I slip away from the daily grind. It's my “old-fashioned girl routine” as I like to call it, since I am the absolute definition of a girly girl. I put on a sundress, make some sweet tea in a mason jar, find an old book (oftentimes Pride and Prejudice), get my faded quilt, and find a tree to lay under for a few hours. Sometimes I don’t even read, I just lay on my back and daydream. I let myself relax and practice the art of doing nothing. I'd say that is time well spent.