Slow me down, Lord!
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, admist the confusion of my day, the calmness of the everlasting hills. Break the tension of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of the singing streams that live in my memory. Help me to know the magical restorative power of sleep. Teach me the art of taking minute vacations...of slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to pet a dog, to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day of the fable of the hare and tortoise, that I may know that the race is not always to the swift; that there is more life than increasing its speed. Let me look upward into the branches of the lowering trees, and know that they grow tall because they grow slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord, and inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life's enduring values, that I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.
--Spoken by an old southern pastor in prayer.