http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/?smid=fb-share I acknowledge that his choice (5 hours a day of writing and then leisure to see friends) is a choice of privilege and not a choice many can make. But his point about slowing down, being in relationship with people and just being fully present is really good.
This weekend, we went with our new church to a beautiful retreat center in the foothills of some mountains in Oregon. It was a small group-mostly families with young children. On our second day, we went to a park and hiked down to some waterfalls. The trail was made so that you could actually walk behind the waterfalls. After that hike, many people went back but we hiked around the loop to another waterfall that you could also walk behind. I had no camera to even take pictures. I just thought a lot about being fully in that moment-that moment of being in creation, of beauty, of nature. Slow living allows you to do those things.
Our lives have always been very busy. The three years in China, the year and a half of preparing to be in China, the six years of planting and watering the international church while raising a family and being a graduate student, seminary and back. There has always been someone to see, something to do, an obligation to meet.
Now we find ourselves at a slower pace in a beautiful place. Psalm 16 says