Take Your Time

Don’t rush through experiences & circumstances that have the most capacity to transform you. -Pastor, Rob Bell

I took this photo in a rare moment when no one was rushing the stairs of this temple and it was just “me” and “it”. I cherished it.

This is the Kiyumizu Dera Temple located on the mountain top overlooking Kyoto, Japan. We were there at sunset, which is most certainly captivating in its own right as the colors of an ending day wash over the city. Life is calm, life is quiet, life is respected, life is enjoyed, and life is appreciated. It wasn’t long before we were descending the steps into the last light of dusk as our feet hit the city street below in darkness.

The city (like all cities) is different at night. It takes on a surreal feeling as you walk down unfamiliar streets with the passing of unfamiliar faces …but everyone had a smile for me. Everyone we passed was happy to be right where they were. The language barrier didn’t exist when you looked into your neighbors eyes and smiled. It didn’t matter where they were from, where you were from. All that mattered was that “moment”, however fleeting.

Every time I travel it changes me, morphs me, alters my perspective, and opens my eyes. I love it.

Remember the feeling of your experiences …some are wonderful and some are devastating… but you felt them, you lived through them, and you learned from each one of them.

Don’t rush them.

Take your time when an occurrence arises that is willing to transform you. There’s no need to rush it — because, truth be told, it won’t let you. Whatever is coming your way has its own agenda, its own time frame, and its own will to be done. If you remain open, aware, and serving that instance will envelop you, nurture you, and guide you to exactly where you need to be.

Let it.

4 thoughts on “Take Your Time

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  1. Whenever I’m in an unfamiliar place, I’m reminded of lyrics from Light in the Piazza: “I’m just a someone in an old museum / Far away from home as someone can go/ But the beauty is I still meet people I know.” I’ve found that to be very true.

  2. I like your thinking.
    Good job on capturing this moment. This is very rare to “not” see anybody rushing up or down the stairs. I found the temples in Kyoto buzzing with people.

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