Learning To Slow Down

A prescription for renewed family life could begin with this simple phrase, "Slow it down." I'm Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

There's no doubt that the modern world has become terribly hectic. People work hard and they play hard, and they rarely have time to talk or even sit down and rest. This kind of killing pace isn't healthy for individuals or for family life.

We all need to creatively waste some time now and then, to walk along kicking rocks and thinking pleasant thoughts. But, the whole world seems to conspire against such reconstructive activities. I can provide a simple prescription for a healthier, happier life, but it must be implemented by the whole family.

First, add no new time consuming activity of any type until you agree to remove one of equal dimensions.

Second, as a family, you must simply resolve to slow your pace; learn to say "no" gracefully; resist the temptation to chase after more pleasures, more hobbies, more social entanglements; "hold the line" with the tenacity of a tackle for a professional football team.

Now, this is not easy task in our fast paced world. But, I can assure that the effort pays off. If the commitment is deep enough, even the busiest of families can slow themselves down and find a new measure of sanity and wholeness. This is Dr. James Dobson for Focus on the Family.

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