Why Are We Going So Slow?

Mist Traffic JamOn the way to school this morning we were stuck in terrible traffic, brake lights for miles. My daughter asked, “Why are we going so slow?” And as per usual that simple question hit me right between the eyes. A simple question can shift everything if we allow ourselves the time to get quiet and answer.  I replied, “I don’t know” and continued to inch my way along in the lovely rain filled traffic. She went on to banter with her sister but as the rhythm of the windshield wipers went on I began to turn her question over in my mind.

This two second interaction sparked a replay of questions I often have about a variety of ‘challenges’ facing my life. I ask the question loud and often, ‘God, why are things moving sooooooooooooooooooooo slow.’ And often times the answer is a simple and clear, because you, my dear, need to slow down.’ Instead of being mad about being stuck in traffic or moving slowly through your journey why not take the opportunity to shift your thinking. Pause in the midst of the slowdown, look around and ask, what is the lesson here? For me today the lesson was simple just because you’re a moving slowly towards your destination doesn’t mean you aren’t moving. Slow and steady wins the race.

I’m thankful for questions from my little people. Listen out for questions today be open to the answers found in your daily activities. Don’t be surprised if your eyes are opened to the slow and steady progress you are making. Today is a new day filled with possibility don’t let miles of brake lights discourage you.

Are you inching your way through a slow down today? What is something you can do to keep a positive attitude when you appear to be at a standstill?

Please let me know what you think in the comments.

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