Seven Simple Words
Recently, I was stunned by the simplicity of seven simple words.
“Slow down to the speed of wisdom.” — Vicki Robin
Profound and difficult
Putting brakes on life is one of those things that are easier said than done! But if we can manage periodic pauses, there may just be some beautiful benefits to our efforts.
Years pile up on us so quickly
Before we realize, entire bundles of decades accumulate. Some are kind and gentle. Others are fierce and brutal. But, whether sweet or bitter, all years conceal their “life-lessons”.
Life-lessons are found by the curious
Some time ago I got curious about some particularly prickly bundles of years I was carrying. I felt compelled to slow down and try my hand at sorting through these "bundles" - even the darkest ones - in search of their hidden lessons. I did what I usually do when wrestling down an idea. I made appointments with my two favorite counselors: Journaling and Painting. They are always available and helpful!
Priceless lessons wait to be found
With pen, paper, paint, and brush, I poked around the question, “What priceless lessons are buried in these years?" As I reflected and wrote, unexpected treasures rose to the surface. As I drew and painted, I concluded: “Any dark season can offer up bits of beauty, hope, and wisdom when we pause long enough and peer deep enough.”
The piece pictured here, "Looking Deeper", is the summation of my probing. I share it here with you as an encouragement. May you too take time to pause, ponder and reflect. And may surprising bits of redemptive beauty rise up to greet and empower you in your own journey. Reflective journaling
If you are intrigued by the idea of "reflective journaling", you may enjoy the journal I recently published, "Restful Reflections: An Illustrated Guided Journal for Tending the Heart".