Well, I’ve had it God, I’m sitting here,
The victim of another year---
Another winter, another spring---
Lord! I’ve lived too fast to see a thing.
Rushing here and rushing there,
Where did it get me Lord?
but no more wise--- 1
When you're constantly moving
you can't focus long enough
to really know if you're moving in the right direction
or if you're just moving
The Problem . . .
(Left brain . . . )
Rushing and racing
and running in circles
Moving so fast, I'm forgetting my purpose
Blur of the traffic is sending me spinning
My head and my heart are colliding,
Chaotic pace of the world
I just wish I could stop it
Try to appear like I've got it together;
I'm falling apart
Sometimes I fear that I might disappear
In the blur of fast forward I falter again
Forgetting to breathe, I need to sleep
All that I've missed I see in the reflection
Passed me while I wasn't paying attention
Tired of rushing, racing and running
Oh won't you take my hand and lead me
Slow me down
Just show me how
'Cause I'm ready to fall
Slow me down
Don't let me live a lie
Before my life flies by
I need you to slow me down
The noise of the world is getting me caught up
Chasing the clock and I wish I could stop it
Just need to breathe, somebody please
Slow me down
Just show me
slow me down, slow me down 2
Because of the pace you’ve chosen for your life,
You’ve always felt like sitting still was a dreadful thing.
After all, if you're not moving, you're getting behind, right?
. . . it's not always about what you want.
. . . it is more about what you need . . .
but to know what that really is
you have to sit still long enough
to discover it . . .
So . . . comes the day. . .
when into a place of solitude you go
to shut up and listen . . . and learn.
The Solution . . .
(Right Brain . . .)
Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my harried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Amidst the confusions of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music
Of the singing streams
That live in my memory.
Help me to know
The magical power of sleep,
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations
Of slowing down
To look at a flower;
To chat with an old friend
Or make a new one;
To pat a stray dog;
To watch a spider build a web;
To smile at a child;
Or to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life
Than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong
Because it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord,
And inspire me to send my roots deep
Into the soil of life's enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars
Of my greater destiny. 3
So God, I’m slowing down right now,
Trying to find some peace, somehow.
I want to see and touch and taste
The things I just rushed by in haste.
I want some time for rest and quiet,
So slow me down, Lord. Help me try it.
I want to really live each day
So next year I can smile and say:
"Well, I’ve made it, God. I’m sitting here
On friendly terms with life this year---
Another Summer another Fall---
Lord! I slowed down and lived it all.
And strangest thing to my surprise
When my old life got down to size,
The good (there was some) stood the test
And God, I’ll never miss the rest."
And if that’s what I’m saying then
I’ll never rush through life again.
So slow me down, God, help me to see…
And thank you kindly for loving me. 1
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
in silence. 4
And. . . my day came . . .
into a place of solitude I went
and shut up
and listened . . .
* From, "One! The Journey hOMe", the book by Klaas Tuinman MA, ©2010-17
 -Slow Me Down, God ~Author Unknown
 -Excerpted from: Emmy Rossum -Slow Me Down
 -Slow Me Down Lord ~Wilferd A. Peterson
 -Desiderata ~Max Erhmann
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