After two days where I felt like every appointment I had started 15 minutes before the prior one ended, a two-day period where I was trying to cram in several more days of work, what came to mind this morning was Japanese poet Toki Miyashina’s version of Psalm 23. Here it it:
The Lord is my Pace Setter, I shall not rush,
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals,
He provides me with images of stillness,
Which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency,
through calmness of mind; and his guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for his presence is here.
His timelessness, his all-importance will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity,
by anointing my head with his oils of tranquility,
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours,
For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord,
and dwell in his house for ever.
However busy you are this day, remember to pause now and then. Be still. Breathe. Remember whose you are and who is with you.