Slowing Things Down

Niagara is a happenin’ place in the summer.

There is so much to do – many festivals to attend, plays to go to, wineries to visit, patios to lounge on. This is how we roll.

But I am finding this summer, that some of my favourite moments have been the quieter ones.

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When I moved down here, part of my intention was to live more purposefully. Guess I should explain that a bit. In Toronto, I was too caught up in my frantic pace. I wasn’t taking time to enjoy Toronto for the vibrant, bustling city that it is. I was rushing through my life in a fog of chaotic frenzy, trying to “accomplish things”. Now don’t get me wrong, I still want to “accomplish things”, but my goal has been to do so without the craziness and the chaos and the high stress.

Then I found – about a month or so ago – that my old sense of frenzy was creeping back just a little bit.

How did that happen? Well, I’m not really sure – it just kind of snuck up on me. My Niagara pace has picked up  – the B&B is much busier this year, I’ve been trying to get out to all kinds of events, blogging twice a week, and trying to build up my social media presence. Oh and running at least five times a week. For some strange reason, running is not as easy as it was about ten years ago. (Go figure!) And of course, there are the other surprises that life often throws your way.

So I have realized that sometimes, I need to just stop and slow things down. Purposefully.

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Nothing slows me down like watching a sunset.

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My lovely running buddy, Karen, told me the perfect spot to go and watch these gorgeous sunsets from.

I couldn’t believe I hadn’t done this before.

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Lots of people were there. Cars were stopping in the street. Everyone wanted to slow down and savour this beauty.

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From time to time, you could hear quiet chatter in the background. Everyone was in their own world, mesmerized.

You can’t help but be amazed at this beautiful planet we live on when you watch a sunset. This glorious miracle happens Every. Single. Day.

Amazing.

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While watching this, I remembered a quote from Carl Honoré that really resonated with me:

“We’re hurrying through our lives, instead of living them. We’re living the fast life, instead of the good life.”              – Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slowness

So for the rest of the summer, I am making a conscious effort to not get too caught up in “busy-ness”. To take time to enjoy more sunsets.

To live a truly good life, and not a just a fast one.

  • Oh my. These photos are gorgeous! I’ve got to convince my hubby to take a trip to NOTL to watch the sunset…. I also need to learn a bit more about the slowing down thing.

    • I’m still learning too, Andrea! Had to slow down even more this week as I caught a wicked cold. Glad you liked the photos. My sweetie-pie, Ken deserves all the credit for these ones.