Time Speeds Up

04 Aug Time Speeds Up

Somehow it is August. I do not know how this happened. My dad told me it would be this way: that as I got older time would begin to speed up, with months flying by like days and years flying by like months. As usual, Dad was right.

I am not a woman who likes to sweat, so August is not my favorite month. Having said that, I do appreciate the fact that in August, life often “downshifts” just a bit. Perhaps it is the weather. It is just too hot and sticky to move very fast. At work this brief reprieve offers me an opportunity to think and plan for the rest of the year as well as to address a few of the piles that sit in my office, mocking me. At home and at work, it offers me the chance to slow down and breathe—in, out, in out. More slowly—in..…out..…in..…out.

In sorting through another pile this morning, I discovered this poem. I don’t know where I got it or who wrote it, but I certainly know why I saved it. I share it as a reminder to us all to slow down this hot August day.

Slow me down Lord

Ease the pounding of my heart

by the quieting of my mind

Steady my hurried pace

with a vision of the eternal reach of time.


Give me amidst the confusion of my day

the calmness of the everlasting hills

Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles

with the soothing music of the singing streams

that live in my memory.


Help me to know

the magical restoring power of sleep

Teach me the art

of taking minute vacation

of slowing down to look at a flower

to chat with a friend

to pat a dog

to read a few lines from a good book.


Remind me each day of the fable

of the hare and the tortoise

that I may know that the race

is not always to the swift

that there is more to life

than measuring speed.


Let me look upward

into the branches of the towering oak

and know that it 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 towards the stars

of my enduring destiny. 

Yours for the Kingdom,



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