The New Year is an optimal time to assess where we are in our lives and what we have done with the time given to us. Rick Warren said, “Time is our most precious gift because we only have a set amount of it.”
In our super-fast- paced world, it’s a race to the finish. It’s hard to slow down when you are trying to do a hundred things at once. Slowing down is a conscious choice that generates better performance, stronger relationships, and reduces stress. Taking a slower pace helps us to focus on what’s important and leads to a greater appreciation for life and a greater level of happiness.
Here are some ways to accomplish a moderate pace.
- Make time between tasks to move at a more comfortable pace. When I make an effort not to jam pack my day, my body and mind function at their best.
- Prioritize relationships. Spending time with family and friends cultivate joy. People who surround themselves with joy work better, not harder.
- Limit activities. Schedule rest time to focus on our inward feelings. Resting renews our strength for smarter performance. Did you ever stop to think why David wrote about the goodness of God in Psalm 23? The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures. Make the most of our actions. Let’s not run through the green pastures in life but lie down and reflect how God provides for our needs. He leads me beside still waters. Let stillness pervade our minds and refresh while letting busyness go. He restores my soul. Rest for the soul is only by the power of God. Take time in the New Year to praise the Lord that He is a restoring God.
Practice self-control to break free from hectic lifestyles. Self-control is the ability to stop ourselves from doing things we want to do, but that might not be in our best interest. Focus on the Lord, on His goodness and His mercy. It will end your day with serenity. Make your time count for more because our time on Earth is short.
What ways do you plan to find the pace that works for you this year? Is it easy or difficult for you to find a moderate pace? Please comment on what is difficult to control in your schedule or what comes easy.