Take some time to rest today. And focus on family. Trust me. I know how hard it is. Work is busy. You are running from one thing to the next. Grocery shopping and laundry barely get done. And if they do get done it’s out of complete and total necessity-like the times you have no clean underwear left or your potty training son has no clean underwear left (even worse).
Life is fast. And I think it’s even faster now that I have a child. Slowing down is next to impossible. Balance is a joke. I don’t know a single person with kids who truly feels balanced. But, I’ve been forced to see a few things recently.
First, some of the hustle and bustle is a choice. I hate to admit it and love to blame “how crazy life is”, rather than blame myself, but it’s true. I choose some of the busy-ness.
A recent example… My cell phone texting stopped working along with all of my apps a few weeks ago. I couldn’t send or receive text messages for nearly a week. At first, I felt lost. Then I informed most people who text me regularly that I couldn’t be reached through text. Then I felt free. I loved it. If something was truly important, someone would call me. And I didn’t feel the need to look at my phone every five minutes. I seriously felt at peace for the first time in a very long time.
And of course, I’m now back in the texting and iPhone app craziness, but this technology fail got me thinking about changes I can choose to make to slow things down. I may not let texting go, but perhaps I won’t force myself to respond immediately. And I’m limiting how often I check social media.
And every day, I’m going to hug and take in the smell and feeling of holding my sweet little boy who is already not so little. Yesterday, even though I really needed to work after Bodhi’s nap, I decided to make cookie dough bites with my little mess-maker. It was a huge mess. But he loved it. When they were done and we were plating them up for daddy and his grandparents, he hugged my legs and said “I love you mommy! And I love daddy and Appa (grandpa) and Aththa (grandpa) and Grammy and GG (great grandma) and Uncle Ricky!” Haha! Uncle Ricky always makes the cut.
Have you had luck in making life changes to slow down a bit? What works for you?
On a family-related note, it’s my grandma’s birthday today. She is the most wonderful person I know in the entire world. She raised my brother and I and I honestly can’t say enough good things about her. Love her beyond words. Happy birthday to my Grandma Rosie!
Photo credit: Melissa Oholendt Photography