The Universe’s Gently Reminder to Slow Down
I have been very busy working on a project. It was originally scheduled to be a month’s worth of work that has been condensed into 10 days. All it seems I have been doing is work, smoke (I know), and sleeping, always forgetting about eating. The push to get things done seems to be the overwhelming thought that I wake up to and go to be with.
Today was no different. Wake up early, drink my morning cup of tea and begin my 12 hour work day. Sigh. In the background I have classical music playing, as it seems to sooth my ragged nerves. My thoughts are pushing me back to work, “must be completed”, “get this done right”, “over deliver”. The continued stress grows. Then out of nowhere comes this tune by Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
I have always loved this song, but never really knew who wrote it. My mind stops… listens. No really listens. It seems I am hearing it for the first time, and in some small way written for me for this exact moment in time. It brings me to tears. The waves of joy and gratitude rush through my body. I feel this momentous shift, from overwhelmed to completeness; peace. I simply breathe the music and all the emotions through my body.
I am now remembering that it is the space in between objects, words, and even actions are where magic lives. It is there where we can find our comfort, our home. It is where I often forget to go, being too busy with the requirements of my everyday life.
I am grateful for Pachelbel to have written this piece of music in the 17th century and James Galway to have played this music for me today. For it reminded me of the timelessness of life and the space that exists within this life. The space that is never ending and within it I find so much comfort.
And now I exhale…
Bonnie was inducted into the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society at St. John’s University, New York City for her work in Business Resilience.
Bonnie is Past Chair of the Association of Contingency Planners where she served for 6 years.
She is a proud native of New Orleans and has experienced what she calls, “The Katrina, Rita, Ike, Gustav, and BP Oil Spill” disasters first hand. She has had to learn how being resilience leaders and businesses to increased performance, achieve stronger relationships, and build mental toughness that we all need in today’s ever increasing busy world.
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