SLOW IT DOWN:
Slow It Down. That was the assigned title for our writing group several weeks ago. A difficult thing to do during the holidays. But, I am practicing.
I’ve made a big decision not to lead my Italy Retreats for Women in 2019. Along with that decision is the possibility that I may lose all the momentum I have built up over the last 10 years. This goes along with my revitalized self-promise to follow my wantings, my heart’s desires. I teach this principle and I’ve done it for almost three decades, but now living it on a deeper level. I’m digging with a longer shovel to uncover the knowingness of my truth.
I keep saying I want to sit down in an afternoon and take a break to read a book and study Italian for 15 minutes each and every day. I think that should be easy to do–Italian for 15 minutes, but no, I carry around the two books–my novel and Italian book, like a squirrel hiding her acorns. I choose a sunny chair in the living room with a view of Waterworks Park, grab some tea, and never end up sitting.
Oh, just one more phone call to make, one bill to pay online, but when I open my computer, I see that there’s a pressing email that must be answered, and then remember it’s my parents’ 70th anniversary so I call them.
Slow it down. I’d be working hard right now, finalizing costs and itinerary for the Italy Retreat even though it’s 10 months away. To let the pressure out of the tire and take it more slowly. I’m stepping up to a year of doing that.
Last month my daughter got engaged and now I am helping her plan for an August wedding. I am not sure this is completely slowing it down, but it is a focus on following my heart’s desires.
I feel blessed to have the choice to do what I want most. I don’t take it for granted. Grateful every day.
Obligations still exist. Balancing them like I’m a tightrope walker: Time with aging parents, Time for myself, Time to travel. As my friend Heather’s hashtag encourages–‘Live life love life’.
Slow it down. Change happens. Il cambiamento accade.
What does it mean to you to do what you truly desire in life? More often than not we sabotage our desires in the effort to please others. We just lose our way sometimes and forget where we stored our acorns. We lose ourselves.
When the desire is stronger than the fear of what will be lost, then that is the traffic light flashing green.
To even take the time to try a new recipe would be slowing it down for me. I am happy to have less ‘have-tos’ on the computer and in business in 2019. I want to contribute, to make a difference and that will continue.
Of course, I will always love Italy and will travel there in some capacity. I am still offering my coaching sessions. I’m just testing the waters now. Lying on the raft, dipping my toes in. I’ve always had a busy life fueled by my curiosity. And in the letting go of Italy Retreats, for the year anyway, I am handed a new job for 8 months–a celebration of love for my daughter and her fiancé.
How would you slow it down in your life? What small steps can you take to follow your heart’s desires?
I am grateful to all of you for your love and support over the years.
If you are thinking of Italy Retreats in 2020, I will keep you on my email list.
May this blessed holiday time fill you with love, peace and your heart’s desires–with lots of moments of slowing it down.
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I’m interested in the 2020 Retreat. Thanks for keeping me on your email list.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes you will be updated!Happy holiday!
This is what I am doing to slow down. Drinking wine whenever the hell i feel like it with cheese and crackers, or with lunch or dinner or with bread and butter. I do not drink wine by itself because it loses it’s deliciousness. With food, it can beome a stunning pleasure for the taste buds.
So there you have it.
Go for it, Jacqueline! Thanks.
I know exactly what you’re saying. Getting your tea and getting everything ready. And then not sitting down and reading a book, or practicing your italian, everything else always comes first, all those other things. So, of course, take a break. Especially with your daughter’s wedding coming up this year, how exciting.
Keep us posted.
Thanks for your comments. I’m sure many can relate! Happy holidays!
Wonderful essay, Lenora. Enjoy the year helping your wonderful daughter plan the wedding. It’s a special time. Revel in the beauty and sweetness.
Love to you and the family.
Thanks, Barbra! Yes continuing to live la dolce vita!
Buon Natale! Best wishes for a wonderful year of new adventures. I am thinking of studying again in late June. Would love to see you. Ciao, Debra
Felice Nuovo Anno! That would be fun to re-unite studying in Italy!