“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”
-Saint Francis de Sales
It’s easy to feel at peace and confident at the start of the year. For many of us, this is the time to start new projects, set new goals, and shoot for the stars.
And that’s good.
But soon after that optimistic surge, the rest of the world decides to intrude, reminding us of all the pain and sorrow in the world, filling our time with obligations we have that are outside of our control.
We all talk about how much busier we are now than we were one, five, ten, or twenty years ago. How the world is speeding up.
All that may be true. But we were complaining about it a hundred years ago, so this feeling of relative acceleration isn’t new. And it’s not going away.
“Never be in a hurry.”
Just because the world around you demands that you move faster doesn’t mean that you have to listen. You can refuse this beast of busy-ness (never satisfied no matter how much you feed it) by simply finding a quiet moment in the day.
During days that seem intent on eating up our time by the hour, setting aside ten minutes to be still feels like a day at the beach.
And we could all use a day at the beach in January.