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Calissa in Canberra is doing 19 things including…

slow down

48 cheers


Calissa has written 9 entries about this goal

How to slow down?

This is another goal I am reviewing. There is no way I’m giving up on this, but neither am I ready to mark it as done. Being done with this would require developing more mindfulness in daily life. I would like to eat slower, be prepared so that I never have to rush around before I leave the house and concentrate more on doing one thing at a time. Listen. Speak more slowly.

Those steps need to become a bit more concrete, however.

Peace Pulse

I downloaded PeacePulse today. It chimes once on the hour and once a minute past the hour, to serve as a reminder to slow down.


Jenn posted a comment that I feel has a lot to do with this goal. This goal is about paying attention, being awake. When you’re rushing around the details tend to slip by unnoticed.

I remember reading that it takes time to be polite and considerate. Peace often seems to be tied to slowing down for me.

Why am I finding it so difficult to make this a priority then?

Year of Slow?

Something to think about

This remains a rather neglected goal. I made some effort at this today (after reading the above article and some related material), but it didn’t last very long. I noticed a couple of things… first, that I find it more difficult to slow down when there are other people around me. Second is that being mindful and slowing down take a lot of concentration and that is hard to do when you are tired. I suspect my goals of resting and recuperating more and improving my diet also need to be looked at in that sense.

Perhaps I need to consider making 2008 my year of slow.


In some ways I’ve been almost forced to do this over the last couple of days. I’m currently house sitting for my sister. This is because of her very lovely kitten, who is about 2-3 months old. He obviously gets very lonely in the house all day and insists I spend at least a quarter of an hour cuddling with him after I get home from work. And back from hanging out the washing. And any time he feels like it.

There’s something to be said for pets.


As is the case with all my goals lately, I don’t seem to be doing well with this.

Ironically, I have a sense of urgency about this. I’m caught in the throes of another bug… it seems my health has been plagued with them this year. Colds, fevers, tummy upsets, headaches. Symptoms of being overworked and overstressed, maybe?

This goal is saying “simplify” to me. If I am not struggling to cram as much into the day as possible, I can spend more time on things, slow down a bit.

I need to realise that my health depends on this.


I have to say I am most amused by my previous entry. I am now working an 8:30-5:00 job and trying to fit everything in has become even harder.

With a change of month comes a change in focus for me. September means slowing down. Timely, especially with the new job.

I suspect there are a couple of things going wrong each month. One is that I’m trying to do too much. The second is that I’m not being specific enough.

This month, as part of my focus on slowing down, I’m going to concentrate on my goal of eating slower. Such a simple thing, but something I so rarely do.

Work rush

I’ve been having a lot of trouble with this goal over the last few days. A friend of mine challenged me to write for three hours a day. Since I’m not working, I agreed. After all, writing is what I’d like my job to be.

Suddenly I find it hard to fit everything in my day. I find myself rushing around trying to get things done. I suddenly have more sympathy for people who work 9-5 (and longer).

Not quite sure how to combat this yet.

Main goal #7

Because I deserve peace. I also believe that only by slowing down can life be fully appreciated.

Calissa has gotten 48 cheers on this goal.


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