I Choose Slow

tulip

This is what slow really looks like in our home because we have a to do list that is 12 acres long, I have a book getting ready to hit the shelves and slow is my word of the year.

Slow looks like stairs with unfinished treads lined with BlueTape for six months.

It looks like smooth ceiling crazily butting up to popcorn ceiling in the 10 foot opening between the kitchen and the dining area.

It looks like a laundry room with its insulation showing.

It looks like a bathroom with a stained yellow tub, half peeling wall paper and no storage.

office porch

Slow looks like rotting wood on the office porch. And a hot water heater in the yard.

pond

Slow means sitting and noticing where our house is in relation to the pond.

It means relaxing and watching a movie in the midst of the undone.

It means delicious salmon on the grill even though the kitchen isn’t ‘finished’. Do you know we’ve had dozens of wonderful meals in a kitchen that isn’t technically, perfectly finished?!

It means taking joy in the little wins, like finally taking an hour to paint that hallway.

It means allowing myself to be okay with all the stuff that is halfway, or untouched ugly or at the bottom of the list.

Slow is a choice. You choose to be okay with the imperfection now because you trust things will change in the future. Choosing slow isn’t giving up or backing down, it’s usually not being lazy, maybe intentionally slowing down is an act of hope, rest and trust.

the sawmill

My house and life aren’t perfect. They never have been and they never will be, it’s more obvious now than ever. I get to choose what I do with that. I can drive myself insane frantically trying to hide and fix the imperfections. Or I can take my time and enjoy the processes.

choose slow today

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Comments

  1. BEST. POST. EVER.
    Thank you for the burst of encouragement.

  2. I vote that water heater stays right where it is and gets some contact paper polka dots. Or wrapped with Christmas lights. Or anything else to show that progress, no matter how small, is something to be celebrated.

  3. I’m reading Tim Keller’s Every Small Endeavor right now, about how work relates to the gospel, and this post reminds me of his words on leisure. Which is basically in a nutshell that leisure is being able to enjoy fully where you are even as you still have work to do. So good. It seems like such a basic thing on the surface, but moving slow is so deep.

  4. Great thoughts- encouragement to be slow and intentional.
    Thank you!

  5. Ooh I love slow. I mean, I love slow when I’m paying attention and being intentional. Otherwise, it drives my northeastern bred brain crazy. But my heart will always love slow.

  6. Very wise words indeed. thank you for sharing.

  7. This really spoke to me. Thank you.

    Fondly,
    Elizabeth

  8. Rebecca Shank says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I also loved the post titled “Hope for the weary home”. We’re in the same situation- bought the 1950′s home that sat on the market sooooo long and no one else wanted – but we bought it because it has SOOOOO much potential. We’ll live here for a long time, and have plenty of space to grow into with our 4 kiddos…. BUT it also requires lots of attention and nothing happens very quickly. Limited funds, time and still 3 kiddos at home means I have to continue to focus on the priorities and do the best I can each day. As an Interior Designer, this is hard for me so I covet blogs that share such encouragement- its so refreshing to see other renovating families spreading the word to fight consumerism and quick fixes and INSTEAD teach our children the value of hard and rewarding work. Blessings to you and yours!

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