October 30, 2018

Pat Brown’s Five ‘Ps’ of Travel & “Slow Dance”

For those of you who attended Pat Brown’s seminar at the 2018 Union Tribune Successful Aging Expo you were lucky enough to hear this info first hand. For those unable to attend we wanted to pass along a few tidbits from Pat’s presentation that really resonated with the attendees.  First and foremost, always remember what is now affectionately referred to as “Pat’s Five ‘Ps’ of Enjoyable Travel”

  1. Positive Attitude
  2. Patience
  3. Push Through
  4. Perspective
  5. Presence


Finally, Pat shared a poem that is said to be written by a terminally ill young girl in a New York hospital. Many folks at the seminar requested we post a copy of this touch poem. It is called “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 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
Because 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 slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.


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