Today’s blog is about slowing down. Yes, it’s ironic that I’m writing this on the day before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year. Typically, on this day I am in a car, driving hours across state lines to officially kick off the nonstop hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Not this year, this year is different.
This year, I am at home, scurrying around in a different kind of way- going to the grocery store, cleaning up the house, looking for recipes and making plans. The guests are coming to us. And while the chaos of our own the travel is not there; the level of frantic DOing remains.
In addition to all this, I spend most of last weekend in bed. I wasn’t feeling well. Instead of pushing through it, (like I always do because hello, there are things to be done) I surrendered to my body. It was telling me I needed rest, to stay in bed and everything else could wait.
As you can imagine, that is not easy for me.
It was weird.
I felt wildly unproductive.
My to-do list kept scrolling through my brain.
My bed became a magnet, I couldn’t have moved if I tried.
After a little while, I realized how deeply relaxing it was and how desperately I needed to just lay there and do nothing.
The obvious benefit, my sickness never got worse, but the more subtle benefit was the reminder that I need to make more time to slow down. When we get so busy running around doing what we think is important, it’s easy to forget it’s not the food or the traditions or the specific people, but what is happening in this present moment that is always most important.
Something told me maybe you need these reminders today too?
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I started writing this blog because I wanted to have deeper conversations beyond "How are you?", "Busy", with other parents. Over the years I've shared personal stories, articles, authors and topics to facilitate conversations with parents about the joys and the challenges of parenting.