living within limits

Six Ways to Live within Limits

This post is a snippet from a much longer article on slowing down. If you'd like to read the full-length post, you'll find it here

If you'd just like the take-a-ways, here they are -- the six ways to live within limits that I am discovering for myself. I hope this will help you, too.

  1. Set a reasonable number of specific, attainable tasks to accomplish each day. This is the starting place for living within limits. Remember, specific and attainable.
  2. Build in margin between tasks and resist the urge to fill that space with more tasks. Take a break. Go on a walk. Stretch. Pray the Lord's Prayer, slowly. Enjoy nature. Draw a leaf.
  3. Check my pulse occasionally. Not of my physical heart, but my spiritual heart. Am I anxious? Am I at peace? Do I feel behind? What is the source of the stress? Why do I feel stressed? Am I trying to do too much and too quickly?
  4. Gauge how fast I walk. Slow down. I'm not in a race. Unless I am in a race. But I'm usually not. So, slow down.
  5. Watch how quickly I type. Strangely, I have found that the pace of my typing can be an indicator of my heart RPMs. Am I having to go back and make corrections because I'm typing too fast? Slow down.
  6. Notice how I speak. Is the pace of my words controlled or are my words outpacing my thoughts, causing me to stumble, stutter, or just talk too quickly? How quickly I talk is another barometer of the condition of my heart and whether I am living within emotional limits, or driving at a reasonable RPM.

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