The author of Not So Fast just survived a whirlwind two weeks of travel. I need to sit down. Catch my breath. I need to employ some slow-down solutions!

All of us—even those who prioritize a simpler, slower life—need reminders to slow down, pause, reflect.

On this site, I’ve offered a list of “Speed Bumps,” which are simple ideas for how we can slow down the pace of our days.

Someone recommended Terry Hershey to me.

On Terry’s Facebook Fan page, he offers daily “Pause Reminders,” much like Speed Bumps. Here’s a sample from today:

PAUSE REMINDER for Today: Write a letter to someone you care about, to say “thank you,” or “I’m glad you are in my life”, or “did you see the clouds today?” With real paper, pen, envelope, and stamp. (I received a thank you letter this week, really, a letter. . .at the post office. “I wanted to send this to you via sn…ail mail,” DM wrote, “as my way of pausing.” It works. And the letter made my week.

Check it out for yourself:

Click HERE for Terry Hershey’s Facebook Fan Page (where I discovered his Pause Reminders).

His main website is HERE.

His blog, HERE.

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Check out this slow-down-themed post by Faith Barista Bonnie Gray, guest-posting at {this} restless heart:

10 Ways to Make Rest One Ambition

Here’s an excerpt:

I was driving around with friends from out of town, when we got on the topic of stress increasing in a social media saturated lifestyle. On top of the dailiness of work, family and friends, some of us are trying to blog, tweet, Facebook, return email and phone calls.

I admitted that I had to cut down time on Twitter because “I just don’t have the bandwidth.”

My friends burst out laughing at my Silicon-Valley-ite terminology. No, my internet connection isn’t slow or on the fritz. I was talking about personal margin, in my schedule and spiritual space.

Read the post in its entirety HERE.

“Paurl” Photo by Life As Art available on Flickr through a Creative Commons license

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In A Circle of Quiet, Madeleine L’Engle wrote:

During the long drag of years before our youngest child went to school, my love for my family and my need to write were in acute conflict. The problem was really that I put two things first. My husband and children came first. So did my writing. Bump.

The conflict—or collision—of work and family summed up in a word:  Bump.

Ouch.

Yet we’re often stuck trying to get it all done without compromising family or work. Is it even possible?

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Overcoming Busy is a great resource for people trying to slow down. Marci just kicked off a new layout for the website and invited me to be part of the celebration.

She interviewed me last week, if you’d like to read my responses (and please chime in with your opinion of The Red Badge of Courage).

I’m sorry to report, however, that the giveaway is closed. There is such a thing as too slow.

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Take some inspiration and advice from The Beautiful Life, who seeks beauty in the ordinary, treasuring each moment.

She offered two great quotes:

“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” (Elizabeth Lawrence)

“It is never too late to have a happy childhood.” (Tom Robbins)

Click HERE to read several suggestions to slow down and take time to play.

If you’ve got snow on the ground, act now, before the fun melts away!

Photo provided by The Beautiful Life. Used with permission.

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Sam Van Eman is another of the HighCallingBlogs.com people I’m getting to know.

Culture Editor at HCB, Sam also blogs at New Breed of Advertisers: Becoming Good Neighbors to the Consumer Next Door, inviting marketers to become good neighbors to the consumer next door.

He wrote On Earth as It is in Advertising? Moving from Commercial Hope to Gospel Hype (Brazos Press), about which he humbly advised, “Folks either love this book or doze off by the middle of Chapter 2, so go into it with mediocre expectations and you’ll be alright.”

Sam is also a staff specialist for the CCO, an organization that partners with colleges, churches and other organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life.

Ann: HighCallingBlogs explores the intersection of work and faith. Please explain your work for my readers.

Sam: Thanks, Ann. For years I’ve cared about something we call double-study. For college students that means putting as much time into knowing the Bible as they do their Biology textbooks. C.S. Lewis said, “The job is really on us, on the laymen” to inform Christians how to go about their work faithfully. It’s silly, he notes, that people believe, “The Church ought to give us a lead.”

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Visit GodSpace to read the prayer offered by Christine Sine for the second Sunday in Lent.

It begins:

God we have scattered ourselves

Looking for pleasure

We are dissatisfied with wanting, tasting and getting

God we have exhausted ourselves

Running after wealth

We are drained by long hours of pressure and stress

We have diminished ourselves

Seeking glory through our own efforts…

Read the post in its entirety HERE.

The Quiet One” photo by Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic available through Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

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Visit A Sideways Glance and you’ll discover that Zoe Sandvig spent a couple of months in the country where she was born: Australia.

In one of her posts she describes “one of the most breathtakingly sleepy towns on the southern edge of New South Wales: Nelligen.” A town that “invites passersby to take a Sunday afternoon nap with it.”

Is there a place you’ve been that invites rest? That creates an oasis, a retreat, a space to let go? Have you found your Nelligen?

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Christian musician Bebo Norman enjoyed a snow day not long ago and wrote about it on his blog, saying, “there’s this little tiny surprise window of freedom in moments like that.  All of the sudden, completely outside of yourself, you’re given back this window of time that was two seconds ago otherwise occupied.  A brand new, unexpected, guilt-free open window.”

He and his family accepted the circumstances and made the most of the situation:

And the truth is, it’s not like we had any grand plans otherwise for the weekend, but the gift was still given.  Or better yet, it FELT like a gift was given.  And so we crawled through our open window and we did what we had not planned to do, which as it turns out, was not much at all.  We kept a fire burning and showed Smith how beautiful snow is…

All that to say, nothing life-changing happened.  Probably would seem pretty boring from the outside looking in.  But the older I get, the more I like “boring,” and I did get a sweet reminder that whenever I happen to get “snowed in” or find myself with an unexpected open window of time, the people inside the walls of this house are exactly who I want to spend it with.

As another snowstorm looms on the radar. I wonder if we, like Bebo and his family, can learn to make the most of any upcoming snow slow days?

Read all of Bebo Norman’s post “Open Window” HERE.

Have your snow days been slow days?

“Snow Tree” photo © 2010 by Ann Kroeker

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Today I published a “Slow Down” post over at my personal blog, annkroeker.writer.

The post, by the way, has nothing to do with cats. I just thought the cat looked like she knows how to live an unhurried life…as do the people whose hands are living slow enough to pet her.

Click HERE to read “Slow Fragments.”

“Slow Cat” photo © 2010 by Ann Kroeker.

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