I have a love-hate relationship with Wal-Mart.
If at all possible, I try to avoid shopping in the store like the plague. That’s why I love grocery pickup and online ordering.
However, last week I HAD to make a quick stop. I wanted to get in and get out, but it seemed like everyone wanted to take their time and get in my way.
By the time I finally got out of the parking lot, I was ticked with everyone and everything that slowed me down.
As I returned home, I realized that all my hustling was in vain. I had nowhere important to be.
Why was I in such a hurry?
It reminded me of a truth that my 5 month old son taught me during those early days of motherhood.
If you are in a hurry and forget to slow down, you miss out on a lot of beautiful things.
One of my son’s favorite places to be when he was a baby was in his swing looking out the back window into our backyard.
One day I needed to clean up the kitchen, so I put him in his swing. As I was buckling him up, he wasn’t looking out the window.
Instead, his head was turned completely sideways, and he was intent on looking at something on the wall.
I looked over and saw the shadow of tree branches bouncing back and forth in a delicate dance on the wall.
He couldn’t keep his eyes off it!
I had noticed the shadow earlier, but I was in too much of a hurry to enjoy it’s beauty. This time, I stopped what I was doing and, and together we enjoyed the beautiful art show on our wall.
It reminded me that all too often I get in an unnecessary hurry just for the sake of hurrying.
If I can’t stop and enjoy the beauty around me, than maybe I am hurrying too much.
I rush through getting my son fed, dressed, or bathed. Hurry in the grocery store. Speed to get a parking spot.
When what I really need to do is slow down.
Enjoy my son’s laughter, smiles, and cuddles.
Listen to him breath.
Watch him explore his little world.
Lately, I have been intentional about slowing down. If I sense myself in a hurry and there is no need to be, I slow down and enjoy the moment.
Do you find yourself hurrying just for the sake of hurrying?
Slow down and look for the beautiful art all around you.
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