Learning from the Amish, part 2

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Amish schoolhouse, Middlebury, IN

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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9 thoughts on “Learning from the Amish, part 2

  1. Linda Christmas

    I have to tell myself to slow down just walking from room to room. I’ve also slowed down while cooking a meal, no hurry, just relax. Makes the cooking more enjoyable Enjoying your Amish stories.

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      I love that idea of slowing down while I cook. Sometimes I read while I cook, which doesn’t usually result in an good dinner. 🙂 Thanks for commenting, Linda!

  2. Debra Bearden

    I never go at a slow pace! I go through Walmart like the store is burning down. Starting today I am going to be more mindful to slow down.

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Your comment made me laugh, Debra. If you could have seen me behind that poor man driving so slow. I’m fairly sure there was smoke coming out of my ears. WHY do I get in such a hurry?

  3. lib1lady

    Slow is my middle name. ,
    I take my time eating, when I have to be somewhere, I’m always early, and why rush, when all it does is it makes one anxious.
    My husband says I even drive slow, I do the speed limit.
    Janet E.

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Hi Janet. I like being early too–it’s much less stressful. But it took me YEARS to learn that. lol. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Lori Smanski

    When I was 13, I got epilepsy. They put me on Phenobarbital. Wow. This made everything slow for me. So my life became slow and enjoyable. Patience was no problem for me at the time. When I turned 49, I was put on a different medicine. Oh MY. I could think and act like a normal person. It was so weird. I didn’t know how to control so much of my life. And I realized that now I was not so patient or slow. I am now 60 and all of those years I have had to really work at slowing down and being patient. Yes, I know exactly what you mean. I try turning to Jesus, but honestly, it doesn’t always happen. But, I will continue to strive to be His patient and loving person to others. Thanks for this post.

  5. K. HARDIE

    I have a very difficult time functioning in noise or chaos so finding ways to chill became massively important to me early on. I was never diagnosed with ADD as a child ( no such thing back then) but I’m sure it has something to do with it. I’ve always been a lover of nature and grww up in the Texas countryside, so outside it was easy to slow down. As I aged gardening, learning to meditate, and taking relaxing soaks in the tub became my salvation.
    Today when I find myself overwhelmed I stop and do some slow deep breathing and that takes me to a nice calm slow place.
    Silence reins in my life. I rarely watch TV, I leave the radio off in my car most of the time and the only thing in my bedroom that makes noise is a fan and an air purifier.. Peace Rules!!

  6. Wanda

    Sadly I was slowed down due to lung cancer in both lungs, after two surgeries and a round of radiation I am now Oxygen dependent. In my heart I believe God has saved me from myself by helping me learn the wonderful art of slowing down. Now I take the time to stop and enjoy the beautiful days God has given me each day. Requardless of what the weather is it is a true gift from God.