Last weekend Andrew and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary in Santa Fe.
It was a relaxing four days of eating, sleeping, walking and admiring great art. It was also a time of reflection as we both noticed the rapid rate at which life slowed down the minute we parked our car at the hotel.
At first we thought Santa Fe was a bit ‘sleepy’, sharing the feeling that it was a fun place to visit, but that we couldn’t live there. As the weekend continued, we began to sink into the slower pace and realized this is what we’d been craving. Curious that at first we were so protective and slightly arrogant about our fast lives in Denver.
As life slowed down, Andrew and I grew closer and noticed the ease at which people moved through their day. Artists, chefs, shop owners and farmers at the market beamed as they shared their ‘art’, affirming their reasons for moving to Santa Fe. Many came from Boulder and Denver, while others traveled as far as New York and Sicily, Italy. Why? Because they gave into the slower pace and the life this town affords them ~ not always in the lap of luxury, but in the folds of peace, joy, simplicity and beauty. It was a stunning display of what can happen when life slows down.
So how do we do this in our lives without moving to Santa Fe?
Try this: Choose to simplify one area of your life today. You don’t need to overhaul your life or move out of the city to slow down. Just choose one area that you could infuse with a sense of calm. I’m recommitting to a full day of rest every Sunday. That means no grocery shopping, no errands, no computer time…in fact, I’m turning my computer off on Sunday. Yikes, that feels equally scary and completely freeing. What feels so right is the decision to re-create what I experienced in Santa Fe – to transpose that weekend onto my life here in Denver.
I imagine my free Sundays will look much like our weekend in Santa Fe: Eating, sleeping, exercising and admiring great art – in this case church-time, Andrew and the boys, and the gorgeous Colorado mountains…all great works of art in my opinion.
With that, if you’d like to join my mailing list, I send a Sunday Sentiment every week, of which I’ll now be sending on Saturday night for you to enjoy when you wake up Sunday morning. Thank you for recognizing the need for the switch. My hope is that this change will inspire you to find the simplicity in your life, day by day.
Please share in the comments below what you’re envisioning for yourself. You may inspire others, as we can all benefit from a collective slowing down.