Slow Down

I asked God, “Why is this happening? Our lives are on pause.”

“It’s time to slow down,” He said.

“It’s time to be still and listen to me.”

We come and go. We believe, and we don’t.

We doubt. We cry. We dance. We laugh.

But, we need to stay silent to listen.

Some words are being said, but no one hears them.

We talk too much about nothing.

We want to part of the popular crowd, the crowd that goes over a cliff

because no one is brave enough to lift their heads and say, “We need to turn around!”

No. That’s not us.

We are too intelligent. We are too educated. We are too content.

It’s time to get uncomfortable in our skin.

It’s time to do some self-examinations.

It’s time to admit that we don’t know all of the answers.

We need to admit the truth that we are ignorant.

Are we half empty or half full?

God said, “Stop listening to voices that don’t listen to me.”

But, listen to those who pause to hear the birds sing, or notice the blue sky above.

Listen to those who listen to their heart more than their head,

and listen to those who don’t graze with others, but walk the road not taken.

Listen to those who’ve decided to take it slow just to listen.

 

Author: L.S. Watson

Hi. My name is L.S. Watson, and I'm an English teacher at a charter high school. I enjoy traveling (my favorite places are Rome and Paris), writing poetry, and watching documentaries. I have a lovable yet stubborn Yorkie-Poo named Chuy.

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