I am a 30 something married woman with three small children. I am tired of living a life full of hustle and bustle. I want to slow down to smell the daisies, or roses, or whatever flowers are blooming at the time I stop to smell them. I am ready to make big changes in my life. I am ready to make my life more simple.
This is the story of how I simplified my life.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
What is important to me?
When did the unimportant begin to take precedent over the important?
The most precious things in my life are my relationship with God, my relationship with my husband, and my relationship with my children. Why then was I giving them the least amount of attention?
I am so….distracted.
I wake up in the morning, my head is clear and I am ready for the new day. I am going to be focused today. When my children speak to me, I won’t be thinking of the emails I need to respond to. As I am reading a book to my baby girl, I will focus on the words that I am reading instead of noting in my mind the phone calls I need to return. I will sit down and play with my children when they ask me instead of saying, “In a minute. In five minutes. Oh, Sweetie, I am so sorry we have run out of time to play your game. It is already nap time.”
I won’t let the phone interrupt me. I will ignore all texts that attempt to pull me away. I will wait to look at my emails until nap time.
The end of the day drew near.
I did everything the way I had hoped not to. I functioned as a busy bee. A hamster running on a hamster wheel, running in place. I had not accomplished much, but yet I was so overwhelmed. Tired.
The unimportant took precedent over the important once again.
I am not fully present in these precious moments that could be all mine.