Fall for me is all about beginnings ~ as the daughter of an educator ~ my year typically begins in September. It’s a time of beginnings for me. But, the pace is certainly faster than the summer, and this I don’t like. Has the pace of your life changed since summer ended and fall began? I don’t like it because when pace hastens often times our priorities are lost.
I was reminded of this weekend. I knew I needed to slow down and spend some time WITH my priorities but continued to keep the pace of the week going. It was Sunday. I had worked hard during the day and was now doing more chores around the yard. Trying to get it ALL Done! Which of course I knew, you can not do because there will always be more to do. This is when Priorities get lost ~ when pace is increased and we try to do too much. Then, the sign came to me. It was this beautiful doe.
This doe wandered out of the woods and meandered slowly across our driveway. My dogs are amazing. They were with me in the yard as I was working and I told them to stay and they did. They simply looked at this beautiful creature. The doe then stopped and looked at us. It was an incredible moment. My girls sitting still watching her and Her expression seeming to say “Should I stay and play or continue on my way?” It was fascinating. The moment was gone. The doe went back into the woods and the dogs started scampering around again.
I took in what had just happened and I knew without a doubt that I was given a sign. I often ask myself at times like these this simple questions. “If this was meant to be a sign what would it be?” I received the answer very clearly. It was that there was a time for simple meandering, a time to play and a time to work and in doing so life would stay in balance. And, I was delighted that this sign came to me at this time. I was able to put the chores aside and balance the day with what matters to me most: my family.
Have you ever been given a sign to slow down? If you have, what was it and most importantly did you heed it?