I recommend The 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss to everyone reading my blog. In one of the last chapters of the book, the following poem written by a child psychologist, David L. Weatherford, is referenced to remind us to slow things down.

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain 
Slapping on the ground?

Every follow a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last

Do you run through each day
On the fly?

When you ask: How are you?
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done
do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chore
Running through your head?

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time 
To call and say, “Hi”?

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower.

Hear the music
Before the song is over.

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When will you make time to slow down?

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