Slow Down, Take Time

Seasons, months, days, hours — they all seem to pass us by in quicker succession with each passing year.

I was sifting through photos the other day, looking for a file that I could have sworn was taken just a few months ago. When I finally unearthed it, I was shocked to discover that it was taken back in 2012. How could so much time have passed already?┬áThe internet and the sheer accessibility of it all just makes everything so readily available, right at our fingertips, but that instant window to the world, well, there’s a downside to it. It’s far too easy to get wrapped up in the intangible, to look at other people’s pictures instead of taking your own.

Today marks the start of the autumnal equinox, but for many of us, fall started a few weeks ago. We went back to class, went back to work; after the long, somewhat lazy days of summer, autumn hits with an unexpected intensity and it’s easy to miss it completely when you’re focused on other responsibilities.

Take Time

Do yourself a favor and take the time, slow it down. Close your laptop, turn off your phone, and enjoy just existing for once. How many times have you uttered the phrase “I’m addicted to my phone”? Leave it in your pocket enough, and you’ll be addicted to truly experiencing the world around you.

The change of seasons — any season, not just fall — is a miraculous thing. Get outside and watch it happen. Write some words about it, set some intentions, be thankful that you get to exist on a planet that experiences such things. The days, years, months, and hours will pass by, but they don’t have to slip through our fingers quite so fast.


How will you welcome change into your life this season? I’d love to know!

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9 years ago

This is just what I needed today. Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Hannah Adams
9 years ago

Lovely post and the superimposed image is absolutely gorgeous. Did you create it yourself?


9 years ago

I’m welcoming change by incorporating an hour of wellness into my life everyday. Whether it’s physical, like a fitness/yoga class or mental like a spiritual program/time with my loved ones – those types of things are too sweet to save for weekends.

Warm Regards,

9 years ago

loved the double exposure!

9 years ago

such a lovely post….I’m always grateful when I take a moment to stop and notice all the beautiful things around me. There are so many things that I pass by when I’m rushing to and from work… the ethereal display of clouds…a single miraculously purple hydrangea flower, the rest faded brown…the wiggly joyful exuberance of a dog out on walk…..the giggly play of children at a daycare center… many times it’s the little things that give me peace and joy if I stop. and really look. and really see…

The Weaver Of Words…..give me 15 words and I’ll tell you a tale

9 years ago

sweet like this <3

9 years ago

This was so inspirational and such a great point.

9 years ago

just lovely. starting new intentions and re-centering is so important during changes and shifts in seasons. i love to bring my journal, my favorite pen, and my beloved camera on a hike. moving through the trails, meandering among the pebbles & roots until I find a rock or log to sit on. there, i write my thoughts, ideas, and tell stories. just for me. autumn is the perfect time for some inner reflection.


9 years ago

So important. Definitely have to recenter sometimes and focus on the now. Be present. FP, your inspirational blogs are so eye opening! We take so much for granted. It is so easy to take a second just to breathe and take in the world and everything it has to offer.

9 years ago

Needed this ! Thank you :)

9 years ago

i would prefer no additional change this season but if it must be so, i hope to welcome it with grace.