Today I am writing from a winter wonderland just outside of Anchorage Alaska. After I finished my work duties today I decided to do a little sightseeing. Currently, I am standing off the side of a trail that leads a mile back to Thunderbird Falls. It's a beautiful place!
As I made my way toward the falls I was getting frustrated at how slick the snow and ice covered trail was. I was slipping and sliding all over the place, and nearly fell a couple of times. I thought to myself how much I was missing having to pay such close attention to where I was walking. Well, then it hit me. Why so fast? Where do you have to be? The answer was, nowhere anytime soon. Sure, I had a dinner with my new Alaskan broadcaster friends, but that was several hours later.
After making it to the falls and having some time to think, I realized how foolish I was. I made the decision to slow down walking back. It was amazing the things I noticed around me, and guess what, I never slipped once.
I became quite thankful the good Lord above had spoken to me and said "slow down." As I continued my walk it hit me that He was teaching me a much bigger lesson. In life we move at a break neck pace. We go so fast all the time that it causes us to make mistakes we normally would not make. Our lives have become a never-ending race.
So, here's the moral to my rambling story. Let's all slow down, especially as we enter this holiday season. Let's all take the time to notice the amazing things going on around us, and the incredible people in our lives. We'll still get where we need to be and we just might enjoy life's walk a bit more along the way.
Oh, and by the way, the walk back was much more enjoyable than the walk over. I am excited about the life I have yet to walk. Will you slow down with me? Swagger on my friends, even if we swagger a little slower at times.
Written by Derron Steenbergen, President of the Swagger Institute
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