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It’s the weekend!

I battled for balance for years.  I tried to give equal time to home and work, family and others, private and public life.   There were a few times when I came close to attaining balance; however, the quest for balance became stressful.  It did not seem attainable given the unpredictability of life.

So.

I studied, researched, and tested systems and finally found rhythm, routine, and ritual brought the fulfillment I thought balance would bring.  TableThink uses these three “R’s” as the foundation for the management of time and energy.  The *slow-down weekend is an element of rhythm, giving an individual, couple, family, and even organizations the opportunity for restorative margin.

Of course, there will always be someone and something demanding our time and attention.  While there are times we need to help someone and/or take care of a responsibility, our long term well-being increases with an intentional slow-down during the week.

I can tell you for sure that saying “no” to demands becomes easier when the benefits of the slow-down become a reality.  As with anything else, it must be practiced in order to have a positive return.  The thing is . . . stress decreases and calm increases . . .  when we shift from trying to be balanced to developing rhythm, routine, and rituals.

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In actuality, the slow-down is a sacred piece of living in this busy-noisy world.

Schedule and plan for the slow down.

Be intentional.

Get into the practice of saying “yes” to the slow-down.   

Take breaks in the weekend slow-down. 
  • Pause.
  • Breathe.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Release the worry and stress of your to-do list.
  • Be still.
  • Be aware of the presence of God.
  • Focus on the gift of the moment.
  • Thank God.
  • Breathe.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Repeat.

As always, you are invited to take a seat at TableThink‘s virtual table and join the conversation.

So. 

Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or something.  Find a sweet spot during the weekend to breathe, slow-down, and build your wealth of time and energy.

It’s the weekend: Take time to make the slow-down part of your rhythm of life. Enjoy~Kerrie

*I’ve spent a significant part of  life in an alternate universe of the slow-down.  I ran at a high-pace every single day of the week as, if, it had to be a mandatory element of living.  The stress of it all seemed normal to me. It took time for me to realize I had developed my sense of self from doing rather than being.  

The thing is . . . living without space for the slow-down opens the door . . .  to increased stress, exhaustion, and illness.  The slow-down is essential to our well-being and overall health.  After spending a significant amount of life with busyness and a packed schedule at the forefront, I’ve learned the weekend slow-down matters and has become a sacred gift in my life.  

It’s a continual conversation at TableThink’s table. 

Joshua and I often discuss how we’ve struggled in finding space to slow down in the demands of the pastoral life. 

We agree it’s a key element in our coaching and teaching.  Of course, we need to practice what we coach and teach in order to influence others to do the same.

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