We are on school holidays here. I find it hard to switch gears but am aware that, thanks to having kids, I am forced sometimes to slow down and I appreciate this side benefit of parenting. It starts from the very beginning if we let kids run the show every now and then.
When you decide to walk to the park instead of drive – the 5 minute walk actually takes 20 thanks to being taken on a sightseeing tour you did not know you had signed up for. There are leaves, flowers and pebbles to pick up, dogs to say hello to and so much more to take in. This is not a journey from A to B, but rather a journey in its truest sense.
When you are baking to (practically) stock your freezer with muffins for lunch boxes – there is no rush to clean up when there are spoons and bowls to lick and a window in the oven door to stare at, literally watching things rise.
When you are cold on a Winter day and the little people set the pace, lingering in bed for a cuddle or under blankets on the sofa. The need to get things “done” falls by the wayside and you finally just ”are”.
When you are creating and crafting there is no need to stop for dinner or bedtime, those can wait until stomachs are rumbling or eyelids droop. There is no rush to the next thing as you savour this thing for as long as you want.
I sometimes find my heart rate going too fast and my thoughts all in a jumble as I get tangled in my own rush and madness. I appreciate these breaks in our routine to laze about, paint my nails (which requires actually sitting still), dozing in a recliner listening to 4 CDs straight of a “Famous Five” story and daydreaming of our own adventures.
Do you slow down during the holidays or find yourself cramming in lots of activity (or, like us, somewhere in the middle)?
Find your simple,