On Wednesday, I hiked up to a castle with two friends. They were quite fast but, since it was steep anyway, I thought I’d slow down. Suddenly, I had time to spot lots of amazing things.
The bugs on the ground. The 100 ft trees surrounding us. And then, there were the little stone statues.
Right before we reached the castle, on a slight plateau, people had built lots of mini-piles of stones. They’re called cairns. They’re trail markers, among many other things.
My friends glanced over, then raced on to the castle. But, once I spotted the sea of cairns, I just had to stop. I looked at them in detail. Walked through the array. And then I made my own.
It felt good. To make something out of nothing. To join those who’d come before me. And to leave a little mark along the way. It’s one of my favorite memories from the trip.
There are two kinds of walking: the kind that gets you from A to B and the kind that’s meant to be enjoyed. Because it’s not about speed, but about exploring.
Many people have it backwards. They drag their heels at work, to appointments, and block others’ paths in the city. At the same time, they race through their happiest experiences and push others to move when the whole point is to be present.
Sometimes, it’s time to move fast. Sometimes, it’s time to move slow. The border between the two is small. It can be hard to notice, but it’s the exact line we must walk.
It’s a bit like that old song: Keep your eyes wide open all the time - and remember to walk the line.
About Slow Down Sunday: Life is fast. If we don’t stop and turn around once in a while, we might miss it. So on Sunday, let’s stop and turn around.
Let’s slow down so we can experience all of life - not just parts of it.
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