The amount of time it should take to go from our bedroom to the laundry room is 2 minutes. Why, then, does it feel like it takes a half an hour?
I’ll tell you why. In my room, I’d gather all clothes and then I’ll have to strip the bed to gather the sheets. I can use the small space left over in the laundry basket to fit toys and books found in our room. I place the laundry basket at the top of the stairs and put the toys in the toy box. While I’m doing laundry, I might as well grab the towels, so I head to the bathroom. This brings me to the kitchen to grab the kitchen towels. The sink towel needs to be washed, but first I need to wipe down the counter tops, and then the kitchen table. Do you sense a pattern yet?
When time is not on your side, you want to hurry. You try to use up every second wisely because you don’t know how much time you have left. This thought doesn’t just apply to kids and household chores; it applies to life in general. Living like this causes tension within yourself and others. It’s hard to slow down though, isn’t it? Right now my life is tense about work, family, and home, but later on in life it’ll be about other things. Gosh, this post could get rather long if I try to address this thought. How about you do this for me? Leave me a comment about how you self-regulate after realizing you’re hurrying for no reason and how you relax. Go ahead. I’m listening.
It’s hard to take a breath when running around like this. Lately, I’ve tried analyzing my surroundings to slow me down. Looking at how short or long the kid’s hair is (which makes me want to get the camera, but I refrain). Inspecting how tiny their fingers are and then remembering how tiny their fingers used to be. Noticing how my hubby treats the children (always lovingly, even when they are aggravating him). Looking out the front window and remembering how I used to do this often at the end of my first pregnancy. It’s funny how when I do these things, I get a chance to… breathe.
It is an effort to cherish the little things and not let the anticipation to get to Point B stand in the way.
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