Lately, I have been reflecting on how fast time goes by. I find myself wondering how the day is already over. It seems that days are full of getting things done in order to get to the good stuff and then there is simply not time to get to the good stuff. What is the good stuff? For me, it is playing with my kids, relaxing, daydreaming, eating slowly, enjoying nature, being with people, etc.
I had a conversation with a mom recently who said “I want to be the fun mom!” and went on to describe how she didn’t really feel like she could with all the things that she had to do. I think so many people feel like this: like there is never enough time to do what matters.
So, here’s the thing. You have got to decide what is most important and the practice letting go of the things that don’t matter. If you don’t, no one else will do this for you. Life is kind of like a fast-paced river and if you’re going with the current, you’ll never get a break. You have to get out of the river and hang out on the shore. If you don’t, you’ll miss what was on the shore.
So, to this lovely mom and I decided that she had to play with her beautiful daughter despite having a to-do list a mile long. She HAS to do this! Otherwise, she’ll lose that time. For another client of mine, that means actually taking a lunch break and being outside without working. Work will always be there, time to reflect and enjoy gets pushed aside if we let it.
Think about you. How can you slow the pace of your life down to take time to smell the roses. Remember, when you look back on your life, you won’t remember doing dishes or doing other tasks, but you will remember what you took the time to enjoy.
We all have to do tasks, but seek for experiences alongside those tasks. And, never let what is most important to do become a task or chore on your to-do list.
Until next time,
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