Lessons from London

“On every level of life, from housework to heights of prayer, in all judgment and efforts to get things done, hurry and impatience are sure marks of the amateur”
Evelyn Underhill  (As quoted in “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp)

One of the reasons I love being in London is that is where I slow down. Its a city that is full of things on offer, yet my life is more simple here. There is no rushing around. I indulge in simple pleasures like doing the laundry, buying and enjoying fresh flowers and herbs (like the ones in the photo on our kitchen counter above). I have time to watch the rain running down the window, read books, watch TV and make cups of tea. Its all about spending quality time with the kids and we do not rush to do life. I have time to enjoy my kids and contemplate who I am. Here I realize how much of my life I have spent rushing around without living fully in the moment, perhaps accomplishing plenty but not remembering much. Voskamp comments “…how I wish I could scrape away the regrets of my life lived amateur” (p.66), I wish that too! Here in the crazy, busy city of London I have learnt to live a slower, quieter life….
How I wish I could transfer this lesson to the rest of my life!!