Remember that Simon and Garfunkel song from the 60s – entitled, The 59th Street Bridge Song (why not Feelin’ Groovy??)
Slow down, you move too fast; you got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobblestones, looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.
I got no deeds to do; no promises to keep. I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep. Let the morning time drop all its petals on me. Life, I love you. All is groovy.
I recently had a weekend with no plans or activities scheduled. Our grandsons’ basketball games were on hiatus between the winter and spring seasons; the Gopher basketball season had come to an end; and gardening season had not yet begun.
So, because I had recently requested four books from the library and amazingly, they all became available at the same time, I spent pretty much the entire weekend reading. Now, what I discovered is since I had no place to go or anything specific to do, I REALLY concentrated on the reading. I must admit many times I am trying to read quickly so skim whole paragraphs in order to finish a chapter in a book before I have to leave the house to go somewhere. On this quiet weekend, I really took my time to read each sentence.
In essence, I slowed down from moving too fast – like the song admonishes us to do. I realized what a gift I was given to have the time to contemplate the authors’ words in each of the books I read – perhaps, to find a deeper meaning. Instead of just reading the words quickly I had time to really think about the author’s message.
My usual quick method of reading books probably explains why I can get to book club meetings and not remember how the featured book ended! I am in awe of my fellow members during our discussions who can recall what I consider really small details about the story we’ve read. I usually can’t do that! I consider myself a detail person; but really, I guess I’m not if I can’t pay attention to the detail in books. The sad part about that for me is I aspire to be a good writer, and good writers are good at writing detail. I need to pay better attention!
Really, I started out writing this post with the idea of conveying how important I feel it is to take time to slow down. Seems as though it has turned into a piece about becoming a better reader and paying attention to detail. Unless skipping over details as you read also pertains to you, you can ignore that part of this post.
Back to the slowing down topic. I really enjoyed my quiet weekend. I know I have written about being still and quiet in previous posts; but, again I will say I highly recommend taking your calendar and blocking out some time to just sit and read, meditate, reflect, pray, watch a movie, listen to music, nap, take a walk outside…to just be. It doesn’t have to be a whole weekend – an hour here or there can work. I think you will find it very refreshing/re-energizing. I know I do.