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Slow Down to Enjoy Each Moment of Life

January 14th 2008

This poem – “Slow Dance” – was written by a teenage girl who is terminally ill with cancer in a New York hospital and it was sent via email by a medical doctor.
 

The teenage girl wants to see how many people she can touch with her poem.
 

It’s quite the poem and a great reminder to each of us to slow down and enjoy life one moment at a time.
 

SLOW DANCE
 

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?
 

Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?
 

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
 

Or gazed at the sun into the fading 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’d 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 good friendship die cause you never had time to call and say “hi.”
 

You’d 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 is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race.
 

Do take it slow.
 

Hear the music before the song is over.
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