Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind
Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me amid the confusion of the day the calmness of the everlasting mountains
Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles with the soothing of the singing streams that live in my memory
Teach me the art of taking minute vacations…of slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to pat a dog, to smile at a child
Slow me down Lord and inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life’s enduring values so that I may grow toward my greater destiny
Remind me each day that the race is not always to the swift, that there if more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward to the towering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well