I find myself rushing a lot lately. I find myself anxious about being late even when I am not late. And I find myself distracted in my rush.
Last night taking two minutes to reset and gaze at the beauty of the moon helped. I didn't guilt myself for being two minutes later from work because I had gotten out a few minutes early and in theory my child was already asleep. The reality is that I allow that guilt to run my thoughts too often. Even without these justifications I am worth the two minutes to reset.
When I got home I was needed. My daughter had a tummy ache and it needed mommy snuggles. More than that I think the transition back from Spring Break to our hectic schedules has just led to needing more reassurance and snuggles in general.
When I take the time to slow down we all benefit. Whether it is taking that half hour to stop at the park and just be in the moment with my daughter instead of rushing to the store or the few minutes to myself to clear my own mind; it benefits all of us. It is a lesson that repeats over and over for me. Perhaps I can hold on to it long enough to make it a habit this time.
I'm so grateful to spend time playing at the park yesterday. I'm grateful to get out even in the chill and fog to have that quality time with my daughter. I'm grateful to be the only ones there making it that much more special. I'm grateful for what a good helper she is as we run around doing errands or cleaning the house. I'm grateful for how patient and easy-going she is at such a young age. I'm grateful to take time for myself and for the beauty of the moon calling my attention. I'm grateful to come home and provide snuggles. I'm grateful for the serenity all this provided that allowed me to get a good nights sleep. And I'm grateful to wake carrying yesterday's reminder with me heading into the new day.
What brings you serenity? How do you take time for yourself? What do you enjoy doing?
May today remind us to slow down. May we find serenity and balance as we move about our day. Have a beautiful day!