Slowing Down

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It really struck me this past weekend that we have made the choice to change our lifestyle, slowing down and getting out of the rat-race. It was when, for the umpteenth time, one of the guests in our Tea Garden observed how beautiful the view was and how relaxed and peaceful everything was, that I had an “ah-ha” moment; We came here to slow down and enjoy life, not to keep on chasing and hurrying along. If we wanted to do that we could have stayed in the city.

We placed the order for our new signage on the 30th of March, with an expected delivery of 3 – 4 weeks. As the time approached for our new signs to be erected we got all excited but it needed another week and then another week. To be fair some of the delay was our doing, now we are expecting the signage to go up this coming week. I expressed my disappointment to our supplier, but now as I reflect on it, I realise that there is no real rush, no deadline, no target to meet, no crisis…why can’t we wait some more, we have lots of time.

There is so much to do here at Over the Mountain Guest farm, and the project manager in me wants to get on and schedule the work, plan it out and start delivering, the reality is that the work will still be here tomorrow! Maybe it is the journey that is important, not the destination. For both Estelle and I it is quite a mind shift, but I am determined to make it.

In a moment of weakness I sometimes feel an iron fist of fear grabbing my insides, what have we done? Are we ever going to make it? How are we going to get Over the Mountain? But then I am reminded that we have never gone without, God has always provided. He has given us wisdom and grace, in spite of ourselves. The first three months here have been record months compared to the figures for the past three years and we cannot take credit for that. I firmly believe that God has blessed us and given us favour. He is in control, we just have to let go!

The entrance to  Over the Mountain Guest Farm

The entrance to Over the Mountain Guest Farm