Minimalist Challenge: Slow Down

“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42

Life is not a race. There is no prize for fitting the most tasks into the least amount of time, but we live as if our productivity is all that matters.

It is time to slow down. You don’t need to bake 10 dozen cookies for book club. You probably don’t even like book club. Your daughter will be okay if she doesn’t do ballet, tap, flute, and gymnastics. You don’t have to make your own soap or run a marathon.

At the end of life no one wishes they spent more time being “busy.” So many times I have added things to my life simply because I felt like I was supposed to be busy. Often these things were not things I enjoyed. I didn’t need to be doing these things. Sally might love making her own yogurt, but that doesn’t mean I need to make my own yogurt too.

You could fill every waking moment with things that have no lasting value. Time is precious.

Don’t wax your car, the mopping can wait, use paper plates instead of fine china, and go do the important things.

Play with your kids, date your spouse, care for yourself, call your parents, keep up with that old friend, be generous, take a walk, travel, learn to play the piano, move, start that business, or whatever it is you have been dreaming of doing.

You could spend you entire life too busy to climb that mountain, or you could intentionally declutter your life and finally find the time for what matters most to you.

Until next time,



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