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Slow Down and Be Present Quotes to Live By

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Living slowly can be a struggle in our modern world.

Being able to slow down takes practice and inspiration when things get crazy.

But the difficulties are worth it when you can slow down time!

Are you wondering how to slow down time?

Well, we can’t slow down time, really…but there is a secret…

And it’s in seeing that every day is a gift.

We do this when we slow down and enjoy life.

When we’re fully present in the moment and enjoy life to the fullest it’s amazing how much we remember and how much time slows down for us!

These quotes about how to slow down life will help inspire you to slow down and enjoy the ride we call life.

I hope you enjoy these slow down quotes to live by!

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A good laugh heals a lot of hurts

“A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them

“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.” ~ Richard Evans

Kids don't remember their best day of television

“Kids don’t remember their best day of television.” ~ Unknown

May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.

“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.” ~ Nelson Mandela

See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child and you will suddenly find you are free

“See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child and you will suddenly find that you are free.” ~ Deepak Chopra

Sometimes I think of distraction as a thief that first comes as a friend. I only see its real identity after it's taken something more valuable from me.

“Sometimes I think of distraction as a thief that first comes as a friend.  I only see its real identity after it’s taken something more valuable from me.” ~ Zoe Kim

Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.

“Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” ~ Winnie the Pooh

The sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it's here is up to us. Journey wisely.

“The sun will rise and set regardless.  What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us.  Journey wisely.” ~ Alexandra Elle

We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream

“We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream.” ~ Robert Coles

At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.

“At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.” ~ Shanti

When a child walks in the room, your child or anybody else's child, do your eyes light up? THAT'S what they're looking for.

“When a child walks in the room, your child or anybody else’s child, do your eyes light up?  That’s what they’re looking for.” ~ Toni Morrison

We have to learn to be happy right now, wherever we are and whatever our circumstances. We have to stop waiting for tomorrow, for things to change, for permission to be happy. Happiness is a state of mind. Let's find it.

“We have to learn to be happy right now, wherever we are and whatever our circumstances.  We have to stop waiting for tomorrow, for things to change for permission to be happy.  Happiness is a state of mind.  Let’s find it.” ~ Alexis Robinson

What if you were fully present today?

“What if you were fully present today?” ~ Alexis Robinson

Today is a good day for a good day

“Today is a good day for a good day.” ~ Joanna Gaines

Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?

“Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?” ~ Samuel Johnson

Let's make home a place where respite and rest are as important as teaching, correcting, feeding, and tending. We all need a safe place to land.

“Let’s make home a place where respite and rest are as important as teaching, correcting, feeding, and tending.  We all need a safe place to land.” ~ Erica Layne

Learn how to wait. It's in the waiting that we find the beauty of the moment. You can't rush stillness.

“Learn how to wait.  It’s in the waiting that we find the beauty of the moment.  You can’t rush stillness.” ~ Alexis Robinson

Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.

“Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.” ~ Rachel Marie Martin

Life is amazing. And then it's awful. And then it's amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful, it's ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That's just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it's breathtakingly beautiful.

“Life is amazing.  And then it’s awful.  And then it’s amazing again.  And in between the amazing and awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine.  Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.  That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life.  And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” ~ L.R. Knost

“It turns out that the small things in life are actually the big things.” ~Alexis Robinson

“I want to fill my home with memories around every corner, not things.  I want it full of moments rather than distractions.” ~Alexis Robinson

“Someday I’m going to miss this – and I’m going to wish I had today back again.” ~Alexis Robinson

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn

“For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be.  I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” ~ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

“Joy comes to us in ordinary moments.  We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” ~Brene Brown

“Children need the freedom and time to play.  Play is not a luxury.  Play is a necessity.” ~ Kay Redfield Jamison

“Time is precious.  Waste it wisely.” ~K. Bromberg

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” ~Cesare Pavese

“I’ve always believed in savoring the moments.  In the end, they’re the only things we’ll have” ~ Anna Godbersen

“I don’t say no to things because I’m too busy.  I say no because I don’t want to be too busy.” ~Alexis Robinson

“The secret to happiness is taking an interest in the everyday details of life.  Be present in this moment.” Unknown

“It really is about the simple things in life: a comfortable home, good food on the table, time with the people I love.” Unknown

“I’ll never look back and think I spent too much time with my kids.” Unknown

“Walk together as a family whenever you can.  Walk in the rain, walk in the snow.  Walk through forests and fields – walk towards any strip of green (however small).  Walk in wonder.  Walk in awe.  And one day know that your children will walk in the wild with the memory of it all.” ~ Nicolette Sowder

“The more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“True love, an old farmhouse, a garden, good friends, too many animals, and happy kids.  Time to read and time to look at the stars.  That’s what I want.  It might sound boring to some – it sounds perfect to me.” ~Brooke Hampton

“While we teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ~Angela Schwindt

“May we raise children who love the unloved things – the dandelion, the worms & spiderlings.  Children who sense the rose needs the thorn & run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun…And when they’re grown & someone has to speak for those who have no voice may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the ones.” ~Nicolette Sowder

“Children don’t say ‘I had a hard day, can we talk?’ they say ‘Will you play with me?'” ~Lawrence Cohen

“I’ll never look back on these days and think I spent too much time with my children.  Too soon they’ll be grown up and gone.  Too soon I’ll wish I had today back.” ~Alexis Robinson

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.” ~Walt Streightiff

“Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles.  It takes away today’s peace.” ~Unknown

“You have made tomorrow worth waiting for and yesterday worth remembering.” ~Unknown

“It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.” ~Brene Brown

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Mamma in Pearls
<p>Alexis Robinson is a wife and mom living in the Southwest. She considers herself a sorta crunchy mama on a journey of gentle parenting, lower toxicity, and slower living in a laid back and common sense way.</p>

4 thoughts on “Slow Down and Be Present Quotes to Live By

  1. These are all sooooo good! I love a good inspirational quote but this one right here is gonna be my freakin motto: “At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.” Love it so much! Thank you for the awesome reminders!

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