If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning, torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day... EB White
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Slow down, we're movin' too fast
Animal tracks in the snow
An editorial by Lisa Valentine in the StarTribune recommended slowing down, avoiding multitasking and taking time to focus and communicate, face to face, with people we care about. This is easier said than done in our frantically paced society. She referenced a quote from Sue Atchley Ebaugh "The greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention to one another's existence."
Snow on tall grass
I enjoyed a low level of multitasking this morning; listening to Pipe Dreams on public radio, drinking coffee and watching the fire.
I raise my coffee cup hoping we can all be more focused and attuned, both to ourselves and those around us, in the days ahead. For those in the Christian tradition, advent is a time that encourages such focus and reflection.