Wednesday, February 10, 2010

take your time



"It is a great art to saunter."
-Henry David Thoreau







"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair."

-Khalil Gibran



"Wander a whole summer if you can. Thousands of God's blessings will search you and soak you as if you were a sponge, and the big days will go by uncounted."
-John Muir

I feel that we as Americans (myself included) are so rushed. It's busy this, busy that, honking cars, screeching brakes. "I'm busy" has become a common and wildly popular response to "How are you?" (once again, myself included)

But what are we rushing to do all the time? Is it just because we're used to our lives being that way? Sometimes that makes us become inconsiderate of each other. I'm often surprised at how impatience can make one human so rude to another. I know that sometimes life gets busy, and that's okay. But I don't want to be busy just for the sake of being busy, if that makes any sense. Some things really can wait.

We're meant to enjoy life, and how can we enjoy "the little things" that are so vital to happiness if we don't stop, take a breath, and look around once in awhile?

***
Brighten someone's day, if you can. Sometimes all it takes is a smile.
Sit down and eat breakfast. (I've long been trying for this one)
Try doing nothing sometimes. It's hard.
Listen to music.
Breathe.


15 comments:

Sophie said...

love it

drollgirl said...

all the hustle and bustle is for the birds! it would be nice if we could all relax more, take it in, and just enjoy life!

i am rather impatient at work with all of our ANNOYING clients, as they dilly dally around and take forever to get to the point. i am in such a rush to get it OVER WITH, because i have WORK TO DO (and blogs to get to :)), and i know that is not a good thing. argh.

Morgan said...

Gorgeous photos!

MissT said...

It makes me want to twirl around and play with my hair!!

liana said...

aahh, i recognise that excellent first pic from dazed and confused...love that image!

last two pics are stuunning!

Indiana Jones said...

these are beautiful
by far my favorite post this week. i need to just relax and slow everything down more often.
live "french" haha

Jenn said...

love the pics. and your right. its not easy to relax sometimes! especially when i have had too much coffee! :)

kpeach said...

such a beautiful post lovely co

The Socialite said...

Love this post! So true. I feel rushed every single day and tired. Not a good combo, can I just runaway to Europe and take siestas and 2 hour lunches? :)

Erica said...

love the first photo

-Erica
http://allaboutitt.blogspot.com/

Miiicha said...

Love the pics.

|| M

Carly said...

Great post, i completely agree with you, everyone needs to take some time to stop rushing around and just enjoy the present.

Lovely images too.

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brooke said...

youve definitely made me think... We all want to get everywhere quicker - work, school, home... but then we get there and laze around. we don't appreciate anything... I'll definitely be thinking more about "smelling the roses"!!

xx

ps, hope you and the hubby had a magnificent vday :)

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