I LOVE this video.

I love the expressions on each persons face,
I love their determination;
I love that you can extrapolate just a tiny bit of insight into who they are
And how they love…

I love that we see shape, heart, and soul in every couple.
This is pure joy!
This is Life Experienced!
And I love that it is slowed down so that we can see all of this emotion. There is so much expression, so much detail, that we would miss if this video had been produced real time. The video would be entirely different, much shorter for sure, and not nearly so telling. We would see a couple on the bull and falling off the bull- and that’s it!

I watched an interview where John Mayer and Katy Perry talk about shooting this video. They said it was the fastest video shoot they’d ever done-

No second, third, or fourth shoots. No scripting. No “cuts”! Each couple was on the bull for Nano-seconds
What we see is what these people felt– only slowed down- WAYYYYYY dooooowwwwwn-

The same benefit is ours when we slow our lives down-
WAYYYYY dooooowwwwn!

We often don’t get the luxury of a second take, scripting or “cuts” and scene do-overs. We get ONE CHANCE to live in the moment, because before we know it,
The moment is gone and we might miss it IF we haven’t slowed down to see it. We might remember getting “on the bull” and “falling off”, with no real processing of the ‘in between’-

BUT it is in the ‘in between’ that life really happens!

I recently read the book In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore. The book discusses the value of slowing down and enjoying life. He suggests that “we are so busy sprinting to keep up with the daily grind that we seldom lift our gaze beyond the next deadline”. I’ve seen this happen in my own life as well as the lives of my husband, children or friends. There is a common misguided belief that tries to convince us that the more we do or the faster we move somehow signifies our importance and value- as a matter of fact, being late and behind is often a trendy and common battle cry in today’s busy world.

Lily Tomlin once said “for fast acting relief from stress, try slowing down”. The popular phrase, ‘take time to stop and smell the roses’ is a reminder to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. There is a German word ‘eigenzeit’ that, if applied, can change how we view stressful circumstances. Translated, eigenzeit means ‘own time’. You can interpret this ‘own time’ in two ways: first YOU own YOUR time. and the decisions you on how to spend your time! And second, time is your own- no one can take it from you, no one can dictate how you feel spending it! There is a process that must be followed in our lives- regardless of what we may be experiencing. No amount of pressure, stress, attention or worry can influence how fast the sun will rise, the seed will grow or the leaves will fall- these things will happen in their own time, in their own season! Our lives are just the same. If we refuse to see the beauty around us, the only one to suffer is us. The beauty does not cease to exist simply because we do not slow down enough to notice it!

Setting Sun on Lake Eerie
Setting Sun on Lake Eerie

 Daily Mantra: 

Focus on the Significant
Focus on the Significant

Journal Challenge: 

 Take note of where and when you start to rush through life. Is it in the morning as you are trying to get your family out the door? Is is at meal time? Trying to get your shopping done? After you’ve established the where and the when, ask yourself Why you rush and Who benefits from the rush? Now determine HOW you can stop the rush, get off the merry-go-round and slow down your perspective. 

Recipe: 

This is truly one of my favorites. It is healthy- in that there is lots of healthy fats, anti-oxidants and nutrients. Low calorie- sorry Charlie, it ain’t that! 

Pomegranate Granola
My favorite all time granola. Perfect for cereal, yogurt, and snacking
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Ingredients
  1. 8 cups quick oats
  2. 2-3 cups add ins of your choice (honestly, I just start throwing stuff into a measuring cup until I don't have any room left)
  3. try dried blueberries, dried pineapple, coconut flakes (flakes are better), sunflower seeds, nuts, pumpkin seeds, flax, quinoa, dried cranberries, dried cherries,
  4. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  5. 1 cup water
  6. 1/2 cup butter
  7. 1/2 coconut oil
  8. 1/4 cup pomegranate balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Combine and warm until the butter is melted all of the wet ingredients. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and pour warmed liquid over the top. Mix well. Divide between two cookie sheets covered in parchment paper.
  2. Bake at 300 degrees for at least 30 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes (I usually cook mine for longer).
Adapted from Ina Garten, the barefoot contessa
Adapted from Ina Garten, the barefoot contessa
treisha peterson http://www.treishapeterson.com/

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