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"Slow Down:)"

“Dreama’s Daisies”

“According to Eric Schmidt, Former CEO of Google, we now generate as much information every two days as was generated from the beginning of time to 2003.”

No wonder it sometimes feels overwhelming!  Slowing down??  What a concept!  One almost feels wasteful…..

“…..I looked back over the day.  I was, at first thought, inclined to mentally chastise myself.  A day “wasted”.  Important “lists” left untouched.  Time spent with nothing to show for it.

It was then that I started to retrace what the day had been filled with.

A heartfelt letter from a dear friend, bursting with love.

A recognition in faces and words, that something I had done had contributed to their day.

A short ride with my husband, talking about nothing.

A tiredness that was relieved in a nap taken with a soft  cover on a overcast day.

Homemade stew, ladled up with wooden dipper into a cherry red mug, followed by homemade chocolate chip cookies.

All interlaced with the picking up and putting down of a book I was meant to read.

And here it was, now 7 PM.

Nothing to show for the day.



I felt really peaceful inside.

Really quiet, really calm.

It was then that it came to me

I had done exactly what the day had called for.

I had turned off the noise

I had quelled the need to be doing

I had dropped into simply being.

I had indeed done something

I had said yes to the gift the day had lined up for me.

The gift of


The only real waste of the day would have been to have missed the gift:))

Let the day dissolve into peace….

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  • Dreama - May 2, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    Karen–I totally agree. And for me the resistance can be fear based…never a good place to make a decision from:)) Thanks for the thoughtful observation!ReplyCancel

  • karen meredith - May 2, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    This came at the perfect time. I think everyone, especially we artists need spaces of unstructured time to let our psyches and souls breathe a bit. If we resist it, somehow the gears become jammed and our productivity diminishes in the end.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Collins - May 2, 2012 - 7:49 am

    You have taken one of my three all-time favorite Dreama paintings and told a beautiful story with it! It was so appropriate for me as I too took a mental health day yesterday. Felt so good!! Thanks for reminding us to “give ourselves permission” to do NOTHING. See you in Cary!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - May 2, 2012 - 9:56 am

      Thanks so much Kathy:)) Mental health day—it’s funny how sometimes we don’t realize how much it’s needed ’til we actually do it–and more importantly–how rewarding it is!! Yah you for taking good care of Kathy:))) See you next week!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - May 2, 2012 - 7:02 am

    Thanks Dreama, beautifully put! It is very easy to become overwhelmed. I marvel at how much information is available to us instantly… I joke that Google has become my BFF. The world we live in now is wonderful in a lot of ways but it is good to remember to balance it with slow walks in nature, family and friends, music and art, or whatever it is that will unwind your mind and nourish your soul.ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - May 2, 2012 - 9:53 am

      Kathleen–it is a wonderful time that we live in–so many ways to connect with people literally around the world–and I think balance is the key—it makes it all work for us in wonderful ways–not stressful ways:)) Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this!ReplyCancel

  • Pat Fiorello - May 2, 2012 - 6:10 am

    Well said. Thanks for sharing that. It’s good to know you’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed . Sometimes we get so caught up in what we “should” be doing that life seems like a survival game and we lose sight of the big picture and what is important. Just recently I noticed this myself and took a time out. I’ve taken on that as an artist my job is “feeding the soul with beauty”. So now each day I’m waking up into that context and looking for how I can fulfill on that. If I have presenced beauty for myself and others in soem way it’s a successful day. the other stuff can wait.ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - May 2, 2012 - 9:51 am

      Pat you are so right–life has to MORE than checking off one thing after another on an ever growing to do list! Feeding the soul with beauty—what an amazingly perfect way to set the tone for your entire day. That kind of thinking can’t help but show up in your life and your life’s work:)ReplyCancel

  • Denise Mulligan - May 2, 2012 - 6:05 am

    Hi Dreama,
    Wow, those are some statistics. I guess it’s not our grandmother’s time anymore is it?

    Like June above, I’ve spent all day getting my online art business rolling. Researched marketing ideas, wrote a blog post, photographed pictures, brainstormed ideas for business, made dinner, helped kids with their homework…

    After a long day of activity I still felt like nothing had been accomplished.

    No cleaning or laundry done. “Tomorrow I have to work I guess nothing will get done until Thursday”, I thought. I went outside at 11:30 pm and sat on my patio looking up at the stars.

    The air was misty and I could feel my breath and I finally felt some peace. Imagine that.

    We can all take a lesson from your post and go back over our day and look at what was right instead of what didn’t get done. Appreciate the small wonderful moments that were right.

    A hug from my son for “A great dinner Mom”. Talking with my husband and listening to his story about his day. Listening to my other son’s funny story about a game at school. Looking at his cute smile on his face as he told his story and thinking about how much he looks like my father. This is what fills our life with goodness and joy.

    Thanks Dreama, for prompting me to slow down, take notice and appreciate.ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - May 2, 2012 - 9:49 am

      Ahh Denise–this is wonderful. It is striking that balance. We have things that must be done, but nothing more important than simply being in the moment and realizing those gifts–like those you shared so well of moments with your children…wow:)ReplyCancel

  • june - May 1, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    On a day where I’ve been running around like a madwoman trying to get my fledgling crafts business up and running and getting last minute stuff ready for a crafts fair this Sunday, your post today couldn’t have come at a better time, for I needed to be reminded to simply ‘chillax’ and enjoy a bit of tranquility and peace. After reading your post, and looking at that beautiful painting of yours, I took a deep breath, made myself a cup of chamomile tea and sat outside in the little bit of warm sunshine that this afternoon offered. Heaven!ReplyCancel

    • Dreama Tolle Perry - May 1, 2012 - 9:14 pm

      June–glad you listened to the gift of the day–taking some much needed time after all your intense efforts for yourself! And glad you had some sunshine on a good Irish afternoon:))ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Steed - May 1, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Thanks Dreama, I needed to read that today! Your works and writings always intertwine in a wonderful way….that is why they connect with so many…and bring us that bit of needed peace into our days!ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - May 1, 2012 - 9:12 pm

      Thanks Roxanne! It just struck me this morning as I was reading how hectic everything can feel sometimes–glad the thoughts resonated with you today:))))!ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Pal Powell - May 1, 2012 - 12:40 pm

    love the painting, and love the way you summed up your day. there is nothing quiet as special as having peace. it ‘just’ feels good!ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - May 1, 2012 - 9:10 pm

      Boy Suzy–that is exactly right! Thanks for sharing your feelings on the subject here:))ReplyCancel

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