Slow down, you move too fast…” – 59th Street Bridge Song (Simon and Garfunkel, 1966) Pretty much all my life, I seem to have been in a hurry. I’m not sure why it seems to be important to finish first or to be constantly doing something. With all the time away from the world lately, being busy starts to feel like spinning my wheels. I also find that I am not really listening. I am jumping ahead to the next thought. It is not really love to finish other people’s sentences before they finish. The message sent is that they aren’t worthy of our full attention. So, my hope this Lent is that I can slow down and focus on others, especially my family. I want to listen to them, as God listens to us. In that way, I hope to grow closer not only to those I love, but also to God. Maybe slowing down and listening will open me to where God is leading.

Georgie McAteer