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Celebrate a S-L-O-W Holiday
Posted By Leslie Garrett On December 18, 2012 @ 5:20 pm In Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | No Comments
Slow, in our culture, is a four-letter word. Slow is lazy. It’s unmotivated. It’s got an attitude problem .
Fast is where it’s at. Fast-track your career. Fast-burn your fat. Get results … fast!
I like fast as much as the next mom. I badger my children to tie their shoelaces faster, eat their dinner faster, make their beds faster. We run for the school bus, race to piano lessons, zip to the grocery store.
And then, at the end of the day, I crawl into bed and wonder why I’m so exhausted.
Carl Honore, author of In Praise of Slowness, encourages all of us to “get in touch with our inner tortoise.”
So with that in mind, I’m recommending you scrap your To-Do list and create a To-Be list. As in, I will be … available to my children . I will be silent when all around me is noise . I will be present when others are living in some sort of idealized future.
And speaking of lists:, here’s a list of time-spending tips to help you savor your holiday season  in the slow lane:
I’ll resist the urge to recommend you sit down and watch It’s A Wonderful Life, or string some popcorn for your tree, or volunteer  at your local soup kitchen (though I think those are all wonderful ideas) simply because they’re so cliché and you’ve likely been told to do them a thousand times (yet, do you?). So what I will repeat is this: Dump your to-do list and make this a season of being. Of noticing. Of presence.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SlowHolidayBlog.jpg
 attitude problem: http://life.gaiam.com/article/extreme-attitude-makeover-3-steps-attracting-success
 available to my children: http://life.gaiam.com/article/modern-dads-dilemma-how-be-known-your-children
 when all around me is noise: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/clamoring-for-quiet/
 savor your holiday season: http://life.gaiam.com/article/winter-break-boredom-busters
 savor some alone time: http://life.gaiam.com/article/recharging-ahead-7-ways-take-guilt-free-me-time
 Get the family together: http://life.gaiam.com/article/3-habits-healthy-families
 volunteer: http://life.gaiam.com/article/how-become-local-volunteer
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