A slow down prayer

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Hold on you are going too fast!

Don’t rush the days away so.

Time will come when you are

asked, “Did you see the ____?”

And you’ll have to say you were

too busy to notice the little

blessings in each moment.

 

Don’t rush the days away so.

Hold on you are going  too fast!

Time will come when you are

asked why you missed these

little blessings in your hurry.

Don’t you know they only

come once and are gone?

 

Hold on! You are going too fast!

Don’t rush the days away so.

Babes grow fast, seasons rush.

Firsts happen one at a time.

The day may come when you

wish you had slowed down

to enjoy their laugh, their

tears but it will be too late.

 

Don’t rush the days away so.

Hold on. You are going too fast.

Harvests only come after the

sowing and the growing and

you can’t rush them in your

hurry to get there, or here

The when won’t get done

faster in your impatience.

 

Hold on, slow down. Be still.

Don’t rush away the days.

The storm hides the sun

but the sun always shines

brightly through the clouds.

Time will come when you

will notice the blessings

you rushed past to get there.

 

Don’t rush the days away so.

Hold on, you are going too fast.

Laugh a little, be some kinda

SiLLy and do something wild.

Bottle up the memories!

Spend the moments you

have now, right now. They

don’t keep any better

than cut flowers who

are already dying at the

first cut of the knife.

Fading as you watch.

 

Too often we are caught up in the myth of measured time, the convention of spaces between moments, and we think if we are busy we can get to a point in the future faster. And we miss SO MUCH doing that!  And what we miss, and glimpse of over our shoulders as it passes away cannot be found again the same way.  Steal those moments, treasure them, hunt them down and live them with big deep breaths.  Even a storm has sunshine above it, just waiting to stream through.

Sharing at Open Link Night at the dVerse Poets Pub. Stop over won’t you?

Also this is a sister post to one I am doing at Strawberry Roan. Come by and check it out!

 

Hold on. You are going too fast!

 

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36 Comments

  1. Mary said,

    September 10, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Wonderful lesson in your words here. We really do need to slow ourselves down enough to enjoy what is in our midst…and appreciate that sun that is shining through the clouds.

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:16 am

      Mary you have said so much right here! You are right! Thanks for coming by, and I’m so pleased you enjoyed it.

  2. brian miller said,

    September 10, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    so true…we parse our days out in regiment and follow along filling our time with things that really matter little in the long run and miss out on the most important things…i feel you…

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:17 am

      Thanks Brian. It just really whips me up when we are always rushing to the next thing and missing what is right there beside or in front of us. Glad you feel it too!

  3. Grace said,

    September 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Very lovely words to remember by…slow down and enjoy the moments ~

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:18 am

      Thanks! We seem to forget that the moments come once and are gone. Glad you enjoyed this.

  4. September 11, 2013 at 2:03 am

    SUch a precious message. You always say it simply and sweetly, Shanyn.

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:18 am

      Thank you Dawn! 🙂 You always bring me smiles.

  5. kkkkaty1 said,

    September 11, 2013 at 3:41 am

    …..I had to learn to live in the moment..it makes a difference.. and there is so much to take in…like walking around the block instead of driving 😉

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:19 am

      Yes like that! Taking a walk, a side road, a detour. Great that you came by 🙂

  6. claudia said,

    September 11, 2013 at 3:50 am

    we def. run too fast and have to be careful to not miss the little precious moments and facettes of life..ugh…i’m guilty of this as well..life feels like a highway some days..

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:20 am

      It does feel like a highway, doesn’t it? But I think I’ll always be a backroads gal! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this, and as always it’s great that you came by!

  7. ramblingsfromamum said,

    September 11, 2013 at 6:17 am

    too much going on, too busy, too controlled, too organised…. hold on I said that too fast 🙂 Nice message and the only time I do slow down is when I’m on holiday.

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:20 am

      🙂 Holiday is a good time to slow down. it’s the rush on either end that mess us up I think!

  8. kaykuala said,

    September 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Taking a breather every now and then is necessary. It gets to a review situation to effect control. Great thoughts Shanyn!

    Hank

  9. Tony Maude said,

    September 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    It’s hard to slow down in a world that demands more and more from us in less and less time – a world that sacrifices humanity on the altar of efficiency; hard,really hard, but essential. Your words give an important warning to anyone who cares to listen to them,Shanyn.

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Tony, thank you. I know we are rebelling by putting on the brakes or moving to a lower gear, but I think we need to. To keep the balance. And rebels are still kinda cool 😉

  10. September 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    A proper admonishment to a world that is not only going too fast, but is practically reeling. Speed kills – ideas, appreciation, memory, as well as lives.

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:22 am

      Well said Gay, well said! Love how you worded that!

  11. September 11, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    This should be shouted out on towers.. so true, and so sad we know, and still don’t care…

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:22 am

      That’s the worst, isn’t it Bjorn, that so many know and still don’t care? Makes me sad. Thanks for coming by.

  12. September 12, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Your veracity rings in my ears, nicely done.

  13. ManicDdaily said,

    September 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Such wonderful advice – the crazy thing is that as one ages one wants to hold on! But time feels like it goes too fast. Thanks. k.

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:23 am

      I think it seems to move fast because we are constantly trying to control it, and it slips through our fingers at the same stately pace. Thanks for coming over.

  14. kelvin s.m. said,

    September 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    …life becomes more fun when we’re guided by poems like this… a very delightful read that can sure bring comfort to anyone who has read or is reading this… smiles… thanks for the poem…

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:24 am

      Thank you so much. Your comment is pure sunshine!

  15. Poet Laundry said,

    September 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Yes, good advice! Slow down if you’re going to fast to savor life’s good moments.

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:24 am

      Amen to that! If you aren’t enjoying life you are going too fast.

  16. Beth Winter said,

    September 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Excellent advice. I dislike having my life regulated, a trait that often lands me in trouble but one that I won’t change. Thanks.

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:24 am

      Good for you. I don’t mind the boundaries of the seasons, and night and day, but leave the rest alone! 🙂

  17. September 13, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Sage advice. Every stanza caused me to reflect and vow (and kick my self while repeating – dammit… of course why have I forgotten). Thanks for sharing.

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2013 at 12:16 am

      Thanks Ken. It’s hard but we need to just slow down, don’t we?

  18. September 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    You are right..you do write about slowing down. And vividly! How wonderful it is to just stop every once in a while


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