I truly believe the I have exhausted the word “hurry” in my house. I am always in a rush. I wake up feeling immediately panicked because I need to feed my kids and get them to school.
“Hurry up or we are going to be late!” Is just part of my morning routine.
Then, I’m running as many errands as I can before they get out of school. On days I work it’s even worse! Trying to rush out of the house halfway decent is even more stressful. I never allow enough time for ANYTHING! I cram as many thing into 5-minute windows as I can possibly fit, including my writing lately (which is why I have been missing for a couple of weeks). It is exhausting but I am determined to find a middle ground. The land of collected and calm – where time stands still. I need to get here somehow.
I was attending MOPS recently (Mothers of Preschoolers) and our speaker was talking about her mom’s favorite thing to say to her whenever she was stressed or upset…
“This too shall pass.” In the moment it was hard for her to accept because it couldn’t pass quick enough for her. Her mother would say this, not to irritate her but to remind her of how quickly time passes. She said she always felt like she was rushing off to the next stage, hoping it would be easier and less stressful. She realized that whenever she looked back on the hard/difficult stages she was so focused on trying to move past it, she never truly enjoyed the happier parts of those times.
I could instantly relate to this. I am always franticly pushing along. If I had a stressful week I just quickly push through to the next. If my kids are driving me insane – I might put them to bed just a little earlier than normal. In Doing this, I was missing all of the small sparks of memories that I would eventually be sad were gone.
I know we hear this all the time but it’s so true…“Live in the moment”.
As cliched as it sounds, I think this will be something that I am going to have to remind myself of quite often. You blink and a minute, an hour, a year passes by and you might regret focusing on the things that seemed so important at that time but in the end are so insignificant.