Slow dance to life

I’m currently reading Tim Ferriss’ excellent book “The 4-hour workweek” (soon to be a part of the library).It is a mind-expanding book and besides all the insights it provides it also presents a layout of a different way of life than what most of us wage earners know.

But with all those insights and practical knowledge and suggestions, what caught me the most was a poem Tim decided to publish on the last page of the book.

It’s a poem written by child psychologist David L. Weatherford. The book is really a very practical book, but when I read the poem I was really moved and shed a tear or two.

I could really write an entire post about how the song talks about living life more, and how it points out that most of us are standing by watching our life goes by, but I won’t do that.

It’s best that I’ll let the poem speak for itself.

Let me know what you think of it in the comments below!

Slow dance

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
’cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.

2 thoughts on “Slow dance to life

  1. Sagy

    There is both beauty and wisdom in this poem.
    Thank you.

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