Life is not a race

Jan 19,2015
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In 2014 I said goodbye to some special people in my life.  At the funeral of one, my Uncle John, a reading was made of the poem Slow Dance.  Now whilst on the web, the origins of the poem are confused, I’m going to ignore all that and focus on the sentiment of the poem. My Uncle John was a wise and vibrant man, who worked hard, long hours in the pursuit of quality in his profession.  These words were as timely for me as if he had said them himself, with a ring of truth from his own life, although as they years went on, he slowed down and had time to appreciate what was important to him.

The core message is to reflect on the pace of your ever increasingly busy life and focus on what is really important, not the things that keep distracting you from the simple pleasures of life that can so easily pass us by.

My 2015 promise to myself is to “hear the music”.  What’s yours?

SLOW DANCE
Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
’cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.

I understand that the poem was actually written by David L. Weatherford.

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