Life In The Slow Lane

Life In The Slow Lane.

My hubby's grandma often tell stories of what life and her childhood was like during World War 2. Her memories always began with sorrow and fear but would quickly be followed by beautiful memories of life in the village/ country side after the cities were evacuated. They spent this time surrounded by family, preparing meals together and playing with other children while a brutal war waged on. Somehow they were able to find joy in the midst of it all.

This always brought a smile to her face as her mind drifted off to the past because it was a testament to the comfort that little things like a home-cooked meal, made with love (even when it was just a bowl of lentil soup day after day) would bring. As well as the joy they experienced when they heard familiar sounds like the laughter of children playing.

We hope that you are able to see the silver lining in every storm and can find calm and peace and joy in this uncertain time. Should you create a schedule and do things to pass the time? Yes, it will help make your hours at home a little less boring and filled with worry but don't keep yourself so busy trying to fill up every minute of the day with activities to make the time go by faster. That you forget to stop and appreciate the moments.


We can all use this time to catch up, check in, enjoy spending time with each other, observe, listen and support our loved ones. Most importantly, we can make deeper connections than we could before because now we have the time to do so.

This season in time will pass by and our lives will once again be filled with endless to-do lists, places to go and things to overwhelm our every waking moment. So why not use this time to create beautiful, joyful memories and practice things that enhance our character and inspire self-growth because it would be a disservice to ourselves to look back on this moment and only remember stress and fear.

The poem below perfectly sums up this sentiment, we hope that it inspires you and  your takeaway is one of gratitude and a renewed awareness of what truly matters in life. Stay safe and healthy everyone!


Life In The Slow Lane

We live in a fast paced society
a go, go, go,
cars honking, engines revving,
keep it moving society.

Always busy, busier than a bee.
Too busy to eat, too busy to sleep.
Even self care has become
another way to keep busy.

Life says, slow down
you are missing the best parts,
but still we go fast.
Senses numb, emotions overrun,
living life in the fast lane.

Embrace life in the slow lane!
Sleep in a little longer, 
appreciate the breaths
when you wake.

Savor the taste of breakfast,
you no longer have to
rush out the door.
Listen to your favorite songs
and dance like a kid.

Hug tighter, hold on longer, kiss sweeter.
Say those three little words that bring joy.
Live life in the slow lane, 
time is a gift and you deserve it!

~Poem By MJ~



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42 comments:

  1. Thank you for the inspiration. I really needed that before going back to my blog. It's so easy sometimes to stay in that negative flow, but so worth it to slow down and refocus on the essential.

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    1. It's wonderful to know that you were inspired and found this article helpful.

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  2. This is so inspiring and a good reminder to be thankful. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. This is really great and makes us realise how appreciating every moment is important and shouldn't be taken for granted.

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  4. Be thankful for what you have and let us grate to people who always make inspire us. This is such a great reminder post thanks to this!

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  5. Definitely am enjoying this time in the fast lane. I just lost my mother a month ago and because of the timing, my wife & I got "forced" to be quarantined with my aunt and her kids far from our homes in New Orleans. It was a blessing in disguise because it has forced us to slow down and enjoy family time with them as if we were all one giant family. We play games, watch movies, and just disappear from the business of life.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story with us, deepest condolences for your loss and we are inspired to hear how this uncertain moment in time has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for you.

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  6. I loved this poem. I was so used to the fast lane that the first week I thought I would crazy with home life. Now that I am getting used to it, I am really enjoying it and appreciating the little things.

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  7. I super love the poem wow, very inspiring and to be honest, I needed to read it today, THANK YOU!!!

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    1. You're very welcome Chad! Happy that you were inspired.

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  8. What an inspirational post. It's true, with so much technology and "busyness" it's hard to stop and take a break sometimes.

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    1. Technology has definitely played it's part in distracting us from what matters.

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  9. I love the poem. it is very inspirational and promote appreciation, i needed it today.

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    1. It's great that this poem was inspiring and timely for you.

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  10. Agnes17:39

    I suddenly miss my grandma who tells me stories about the war. Thank you for sharing the poem to us.

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    1. Happy that it brought beautiful back memories of your grandma.

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  11. Mu granny is now in heaven and keep on repeating her war stories. Thank you for your shared poem I felt like I was with her

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    1. It's wonderful that you felt connected to her once again while reading this poem and article.

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  12. Love all these ideas to live your best life! Life in the slow lane isn't so bad.

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    1. It really gives us pause to think about how we will choose to live our lives moving forward.

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  13. Everything that happens,happens for a reason.at least I'll have a story to tell my grand cholchil.lol

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    1. LOL you're right this will definitely be one of the major stories to tell our grandchildren.

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  14. Technically is planning an important role in our lives, we can't deny technically. Post is inspiring and the poem is also good. (World in Eyes)

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  15. Kristine Nicole Alessandra06:49

    This is an eye opening post. Honestly, I terribly miss those things that I used to take for granted before this lock down was imposed. Now I have understood the value of these little things and I will be thankful that I have been blessed with so much more than I deserve.

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  16. These current times are certainly allowing us all to spend time in the slow lane for once. It's certainly made me appreciate the small things, the things I used to take for granted in a faster paced life. Plus, quality time spent with family is a blessing! Sim - Sim's Life x

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  17. I loved the poem and the story of your husband's gran. It's true that while we are lockdown, it may seem stressful, but like you I have found that this was a good time for me to reorganise my life to slow down, and to create healthier routines.

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  18. Everyone can use a little inspiration every now and then and I appreciate it. Thanks for sharing these words, I will take a long look and read a few times to make sure it sinks in. Thanks again.

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  19. With all that's going on right now we are all experiencing the slow lane. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I have been trying to remain as positive as I can.

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  20. Wow. This post is very inspiring! Living during world war 2 is really scary so I have high respect to those who overcame it. WE can apply the same with our current situation now. Even though we cant do much, let's use this time to spend quality time with our family. Thank you for sharing this post! <3

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  21. Living more slowly is definitely the silver lining in this all. I am definitely enjoying it and just hope that we can retain some of this mode once this all passes.

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  22. Such a nice reminder during this uncertain and challenging times when we are all at home. Thanks for sharing this <3 Stay safe and be well.

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  23. We definitely need more positivity in the world more than ever before. Thank you for the sharing the lovely poem and sending out positive vibes.

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  24. I had the same realization a couple of days ago. With everything that is happening right now, it's about we slow down and appreciate the small things, smell the flowers and for once, just appreciate everything around us.

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  25. It is so hard to get used to this slower pace of life right now. We are trying.

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  26. Very nice poem. We've been enjoying all this free time and making the best our of it.

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  27. I like your post. I specially like the phrase "appreciate the breaths when you wake." - Dan "Jay" Reyes

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  28. This is a lovely poem, and sums up how we should be living right now.

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  29. I love this post it makes me feel inspired for sure. This is pretty much spot on and we are trying to see the best in all this x

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