Celebrating Slow

We put a premium on speed. We rush to meet, exceed and beat deadlines, expectations, and competition. If on-time is good, early is better.

But this week I celebrate slow and the reflection and conversation that can accompany it.

Christmas morning the house was slow.

By mid morning my daughter wakes her brothers. She’s the shopper/planner and can’t wait. After a bit of prodding, presents are exchanged.

At first, I don’t see it. All seems well. But then I realize. There’s discomfort. This space, a place that was to run and play, isn’t anymore. It’s uncomfortable, a bit sad, and unexpected. This year isn’t the first Christmas  with adult kids. So why now. And more importantly, what do we do about it.

Answers began with stories of six, seven, and eight-year olds. Tiny memoirs.  Priceless moments colored by older perspectives.

I listen.

I answer questions of times they can’t recall.

After dinner home has changed; it fits a little better.

Time pushes towards the new year; the more and the fast will pull in directions that forget slow. So here’s to building in moments of slow. Slow makes space for story and conversation to realize, remember, discover, and create new understandings.

celebrate link up

Thank you, Ruth, for your blog Play, Discover, Build that provides a space to notice and celebrate the small things that life is made up of. Read more celebrations here.

8 thoughts on “Celebrating Slow

  1. So attuned you are to the dynamics of your family to realize discomfort has settled and action needs to be taken. I love that story brings them to a better place. The is a time when slow needs to be the pace of life. Yes!

  2. When the kids grow up, there is a time when relationships change, and later new ones have to form with in laws. Those waves of discomfort (is that it?) do come, then settle. You are wise to feel something and invite talk (story?). Love hearing about this, because I’ve seen it happen all through the years. We change, so the relationships do too. Enjoy the slow, Julieanne.

  3. “Slow makes space for story and conversation to realize, remember, discover, and create new understandings.” – I like this line. I hope to remember to slow down throughout the year to carefully listen and understand. Have a slow and sunny Sunday!

  4. Discomfort seems to be a happening also at my house. It comes from the sudden turn after the rush of the holidays. I need to listen to the quiet and find the balance before the year comes to a close. Thank you, Julieanne, for letting me recognize this. I will capitalize on slow moments. Happy New Year.

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