On Being Calm

It’s okay to be calm.

I must remind myself of this truth often. The world keeps telling me to be better. To work harder. To do more.

“Happiness is just a few dollars away,” it says. “Satisfaction is just around the next bend.”

I know these are lies, but somehow they consume me anyway.

It’s okay to slow down.

Slowing down brings clarity.

It offers time to reflect. To consider the past week. To give thanks for the good things in my life.

There’s no shame in slowing down.

It’s okay to do less.

I don’t need to be the richest person on the block. Or the most productive person in the company.

I don’t need to possess all knowledge. Or be the best in my field.

There’s value in being steady.

It’s okay to rest.

Rest is important. The body needs restoration. The mind needs time to wander. The spirit needs moments of stillness.

Rest is refreshing, sustaining, renewing.

Remember to rest.

Remember to breathe.

Remember to be calm.

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