It has been my pleasure to visit with Amish families in a variety of settings. Needless to say it’s been an eye-opening experience. In many ways their lives are the same as ours. But in other, more fundamental ways their lives are remarkably different. Last week I shared that one of the first things I learned from the Amish was focus. Another thing I’ve learned is to slow down.
This picture is a perfect example of that. It was taken outside an Amish schoolhouse in Middlebury, Indiana. Notice how no one is in a hurry?
- the girl on the bicycle is just waiting by the fence
- the two people talking are walking slowly
- the man driving the buggy is waiting
- the woman standing by the fence doesn’t seem in a hurry
It’s this way in their homes, at their jobs, and in their schools. It’s one of the first things you notice when you visit an Amish community. People seem to move at a different pace. They seem to live at a different pace. I wonder how much more peaceful my own life would be if I would just slow down. (True confession–twice yesterday I ended up driving behind someone going 22 mph in a 35, and I thought I was going to lose my mind. Learning to slow down is a gradual process for most of us.)
I’ve noticed that at first when I try to slow down I’m a bit fidgety–my leg jiggles, I tap my fingers, my mind darts off here and there, I’m wondering if I should be checking my phone. Sometimes it’s hard to slow down, but I truly do want to learn to have a more peaceful life. I think one place to start, would be to learn to slow down, relax, take a deep breath, and appreciate the moment.
What about you? Are you any good at slowing down?
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My clean romantic suspense series, Defending America, is now available in a boxed set through Amazon. My inspirational suspense Jacobs Family series is also in a boxed set. Both are only 99 cents in the Kindle store through Jan. 29th.
- I’m part of an awesome Booksweeps giveaway. The grand prize includes 30 Christian books and an e-reader.
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- For our next post, we’ll continue with this series on “What I’ve learned from the Amish” – so stay tuned and invite your friends to follow this blog!
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