I get so busy. Running here and there, trying to do ALL the things… honestly, getting very little done. I looked up and realized that somehow my babies are toddlers. Took a breath, and another week was gone. I stopped for a minute, and realized a month had flown by, and I hadn’t gone on a date with my guy.
When did life get so busy that I forgot to embrace everyday moments?
Here’s the hard truth: I only get to do this life once. Sometimes the days feel long and I fill them up with busywork or wish for the weekend to come around again. Confession: I get WAY too caught up in my to-do list. All those things that have to be done seem to get in my way. I get so focused on planning for the future that I forget to enjoy the blessings right in front of my face. But these days are fleeting, and I’ll never get them back.
These daily moments are all we have. Each day, month, and year are lived out in moments. Are we embracing them fully, or wasting them? Some of my favorite memories are the times that were spent slowing down. Sitting on the front steps with my Nana, listening to the birds sing and sipping our coffee. Staying up super late to go on a date with Hubs. Rocking on the front porch with the family and listening to everyone tell stories about the “good ole’ days”.
How, then can we purpose to notice the moments we have?
The best thing I can do is to just take a step back. I have to remind myself to be present each and every day. Take the time to see the sweet, simple things of each day. Stepping back requires a mindset change. It means that I need to be more willing to notice everyday moments, instead of focusing on the busywork of life.
I also need to set my focus on relationships (and not on daily tasks). Sure, the work still has to be done. But will I waste time worrying and fretting over not getting it all done, or will I stop and watch the kids play together? I want to create space to notice and focus on the sweet moments, and quit stressing over the other things. In the end, which is going to matter more: the lives we touch, or the accomplishments notched onto our belts?
SLOW. DOWN. Seriously. I get so caught up in the rat race of living… my brain never stops thinking of all the things I’m supposed to be doing to take care of a home, raise the kids, and run a business. It’s a never-ending cycle! I’m also crazy-forgetful, which doesn’t help, because I forget half of the things I need to do, and then have to think about them over and over until they get done. 😂 Focusing on slow living really helps me make everyday moments a priority.
Sometimes I just need to make time. The pressures of life will never really go away… as my Nana Anne used to say “It will be there in the morning!” (She usually told my Mom this if she wanted us to go yardsaling, and we were supposed to do homework. 😆) There are times when the chores should be put on hold so I can go to a friend’s house or let the kids smear play-dough all over the table.
These everyday moments are where it’s at. That’s where the good stuff of life is found. The everyday moments, like when you first noticed that cute guy and started falling in love. When you realize just how much your grandfather has experienced, and wonder if anyone has taken the time to write it down. That time your turned around and caught your toddlers hugging each other (instead of fighting)! These moments are where we find joy. They make up the best ways that we can connect and relate to those closest to us.