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Slow Down

Updated: May 12, 2021

There’s not necessarily a lot of going happening over the past month, but that doesn’t mean there is a lack of doing. It’s times like these that try our patience but also call upon the use of our creative spirit. To explore familiar things in different ways. To challenge our perception of what’s possible.

Tasks that were once simple and carefree now border on stressful. And it’s easy to be pulled under by that dark cloud of anxiety. But taking a deep breath (or even better, several consecutive deep breaths, over and over again), proves to be a most rewarding process.

With a teenage son on the brink of earning his driver’s license, the last several weeks have provided a perfect opportunity to get in the car and just… drive. For him to practice, yes, but also for all of us to practice some healthy exposure to the outside world. Not with any destination in mind, but just to soak in both the sun and the world around us, even if it’s only through the windshield.

Families frequently found enjoyment in the solace of a Sunday Drive. It reminds me of that quote from Cars about Route 66: “People didn’t travel on this road to make good time. They drove on it to have a good time.”

Now is a great time to hop off the interstate, in both a literal and metaphorical sense, and slow down to the speed of life. Simpler times beckon us to recall their positive influence.


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