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PROMPTuesday #229: Slow it Down

December 3rd, 2013

Slow down

 

I spent some time over Thanksgiving in dark rooms with candles trying to calm my head. There’s something about the flickering light that my brain waves try to emulate, which ends up slowing us both down. Overall, I find myself withdrawing more to the quiet to shut out all sound and time demands. I imagine the outside world in those times as a hundred people knocking on my door with me behind it pushing palms against my ears. In silent rooms with small flames, I can rest a little and put my hands down.

 

I wish I knew how to make that last. Of course, I have a family and deadlines and the holidays and nothing will change that – nor do I want it to – but if there was just a way to have it all without losing in the process, I’d proclaim it from the rooftops.

 

But for now, it’s one foot in front of the other. Small steps, heaving mind made occasionally smooth, and candles.

 

Candles. Both ends. The irony is not lost.

 

How are you slowing it down? Bullet points and how-tos are appreciated.

 

Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.

 

To bone up on PROMPTuesdays, read a bit about it here.

 

 

On December 4th, 2013, julie gardner said:

- Putting my phone away when my family is all together

- Shutting down my computer in the evening and not starting it up again until after the kids are in school the next day

- Reading. In bed. On the couch. Whenever I can

- Making a conscious effort to be grateful, thankful, at peace.

This is what I’m trying to do. This season.
Most seasons.

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