The City of Seattle has posted signs around my neighborhood that read, “Slow down. Drive like you live here.” Today, I realized that this is a philosophy that I am working toward in my life. Slow down. Act like I live here, on Earth, right now instead of living in some driven future world that hasn’t happened yet.

I know that working to live in the moment, to “stop and smell the roses”, etc, is not a new idea but today the sign spoke to me.

Now I am sitting in the covered outdoor section of Bird on a Wire coffee shop sipping my green tea with soy milk out of a huge ceramic mug instead of a paper to go cup. Today I ordered my tea “for here.” Because of that I am enjoying the sound of the rain falling on the metal roof of the patio. Bliss.

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