[Abecedary of Reflection] Slow Down

S: Slow Down

As I get closer to the end of the alphabet and this abecedary journey, I am reminding myself of the power and importance of slowing down. While I had a list of possible “s” words ready for this post awhile ago (share, strength, success, systems), the idea of slowing down is most important to me at this moment of reflection.

There is never enough time. We all have the same 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, and 7 days in a week.  What we choose to do within those minutes, hours, and days is what counts in the long run. And sometimes the best thing I can do with my time is slow down and reflect on where I’ve been and where I want to go next.

Bryce Canyon, UT

On a recent hiking trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon in Utah (with two of my loyal blog readers & relatives!), I had the opportunity to slow down. We were hiking every day (and reaching 25,000 steps a day!) and it felt like we were moving all the time. However, out in nature, without the daily stresses of work, school, and life, my mind was able to slow down. It is rare that my mind’s warp speed (similar to my speech speed!) decelerates. Not only was I able to recognize this rare feeling, but I was able to reflect on the benefits.

  • My back pain was surprisingly non-existent throughout our entire trip.
  • I slept better than usual (I must attribute this more to the physical work I was doing than the mental reflections!).
  • My daily allergy cough was not its usual bother.
  • I had an amazing time, in both the beautiful weather of Zion and the snow, hail, and 32 degree weather that surprised us in Bryce!

Now if only I could build in vacations more often… 😉  For now, I will add reminders in my calendar to “slow down” as I do to “reflect”.

Zion- Top of Angel's Landing

Reflective questions to consider:

  • How do you slow down?
  • What do you notice about yourself when you are able to slow down?
  • How do you quiet your mind to help with deeper reflection?

Abecedary of Reflection

About Amy's Reflections

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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7 Responses to [Abecedary of Reflection] Slow Down

  1. kd0602 says:

    Hi Amy,

    Yep…I can totally relate to the need for taking some time to breathe…slow down and clear the mind (and body). That’s part of why I am so obsessed with photography…it does that for me, lets me slow down and appreciate my world that is so often fast-paced. In those minutes contemplating photos and taking them, I am giving myself a mini vacation! (And i find that I am more purposeful in building in photo walks for myself too! A double win!)

    Thanks for this post!


  2. Slowing down almost sounds like a bad word. Funny how that happens! Good advice to really try to take to heart.

  3. Barry Johnson says:

    As a loyal blog reader and relative, I liked this one. Another S word is smile. We did that a lot in Utah and, speaking from experience, a smile (or good laugh) makes everything better.

    Sent from my iPhone


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