Today I’m here with my brand new friend, Jennifer Dukes Lee, who just released her newest book called “Growing Slow: Lessons on Unhurrying Your Heart from an Accidental Farm Girl.” She was previously a crime and politics reporter chasing headlines, but found that even when she left her career behind and moved to a scenic farm, her heart was still hurried.
We talk about hurry sickness, taking a “Hustle Detox,” and what the natural rhythms of seasons can teach us about our own growth.
Her book was a gift for me to read and I’m excited to share it with you!
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability – and that it may take a very long time.
And so, I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually – let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
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