Slow Dance

slow-danceHave you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round? Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading night? You better slow down. Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask “how are you?” Do you hear the reply? When the day is done do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. Ever told your child, “we’ll do it tomorrow?” And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die, cause you never had time to call and say, “Hi?” You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. When you run so fast to get somewhere, you miss half the fun of getting there. When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift…. Thrown away. Life is not a race. Do take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

This was written by a young girl with cancer, she has since passed. This is her message, it was sent to me from a friend and I want as many people as possible to read it. Far too often we rush through life and neglect the little things that mean so much in the end.

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9 Responses to Slow Dance

  1. Joy says:

    Nikki, this is so beautiful. When your kids want something, don’t say “in a minute” because that “minute” gets lost. I wish I had could have that “minute” back again MANY times over.

  2. Gary says:

    I don’t like to admit it but I am pretty bad at telling my kids “in a minute” or “maybe tomorrow”. Thanks for the reminder of how important it is to slow down and share that minute.

  3. nikki says:

    I know some might have already read this. Jason said he’s seen it before. I had never and it touched me so much I HAD to share it.” When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift…. Thrown away.” Too true and happens too often.
    I think we’re all guilty of doing this. We all forget that we need to stop and cherish little moments. We’re human, it’s just a small reminder to which is really important, time doesn’t stop or slow down. So truly enjoy each moment. I’d give anything to go back 8 years and hold Bailey in my arms. I cry at the thought he’ll be on his way to the junior high in 2 years.
    I believe this is something we all can work on.
    Take time to smell the flowers!!

  4. Sue says:

    Thanks for this little tib bit this morning! I too am guilty of saying, in a minute. Christopher wanted me to play the Wii with him the other day and I said, ok, I’ll be right there. He said, no mom now! Please! Ok, ok, I said and it was so much fun!!! He kicked my butt in golfing, but it was fun doing it together:)

  5. We have been so cognizant of this very thing as we raise Hannah; playing board games, watching movies together, eating dinners as a family. We don’t want to miss any of it. A relative of mine had a picture of me holding Hannah as a toddler the other day; and it made me miss that time so much, but then last night, she sat on my lap for comfort…..

    I don’t want to miss anything, with her, with my family and friends, with LIFE!!!!!!!!!

  6. Doraz says:

    Even if we saw this already somewhere else, Nikki…we should be reminded of it every day. So, thank you for doing so!

  7. Amy Hunter says:

    This was a good post to contemplate this evening. We have performance reviews coming up at work, and today my manager went over our objectives for this year. Such things always tie me up in knots. If I weren’t doing a good job, I’d know by now, but all I seem to be able to focus on sometimes is that I’m worried I’m not doing good enough, and I should be doing more, more, more. But there is more to life than work, right?

  8. pammy says:

    That was so good.I too wish I could go back in time for many reasons,with many people.Time flies by.I do not rush or hurry with my grandkids,I make their stay with me,all about them.You never no how long we have,so take time to sit and really look at all you have around you and just sigh with pure joy of this life we have been given.

  9. SanityFound says:

    Beautiful and true, sad that it came from someone so young but inspiring that it did at the same time. Thanks for sharing this!

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