Posted by: Suzan | March 1, 2010

The Answer to Life is in Slowing Down

Weary from coughing, tired of feeling ‘tired’, and outdone with my crowded counter of cold meds – I am reminded of the value in ‘slowing down.’ It is the clutter in my life, as in the too much going on, which contributes to my lower resistance. My body is begging for rest so it does what it knows best. It puts out the red carpet for the next cold germ on my pathway to get me to finally…………S L O W DOWN!

 I’ve written a tribute as a reminder to slow down as a way of life so that life no longer must find a way to do it for me. 

The answer to life is in slowing down.

It isn’t continuing the pace

Of a marathon race.

The joy of living is in the smile –not the frown.

And if we ever forget –

Gaze at the next sunset.

Life exists between each musical note

And the inhale and exhale of each breathe.

It is ever close to us –not distant and remote.

It is the slowing down which leads us to the now,

And allowing which helps us release the clutches of how.

Slow down to know who you truly are.

Discern what matters –

For each moment is rare.

Focus on what brings your mouth ajar,

And trust life will lead you to the where.

Life is meant to be savored

Like a delicious meal.

Rest your utensils in between the bites.

Allow your taste buds to feel

Every ounce of aroma, every drop of the flavor.

Slowing down allows you to see

All things in clear vision

Like a cloudless blue sky your life will be

you’ll feel connected as “one”.

Slowing down will set you free

As you hear the whisper of who you are meant to be

Like a drop of water joining the sea

You’ll find your place as “me” amidst “we.”

The answer to life is in slowing down

Not in looking all around

Because you’ve already found

What you’re looking for –

It is your own reflection in the mirror

Life need not be so obscure

Because now you know – you are so much more.


  1. thanks for the tip , lovely poem.


    • You are welcome. Glad you found it helpful.


  2. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of slowing down, listening to that inner voice.


    • You are welcome, Gina. Life is really meant to be savored.


  3. Suzan,

    Beautiful poem. The clutter in our life slowing us down. I love it!



    • Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your feedback.


  4. Wonderful words and images you have created, Suzan. Yes indeed let us all slow down since life exists between each inhale and exhale of each breathe. Simple it seems, and yet… Thanks for reminding us of this.


    • Thanks, Isa. I wrote it to remind myself to slow down! Glad it resonated with you too.



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