I have a love-hate relationship with Wal-Mart.
If at all possible, I try to avoid it like the plague. 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 this post that I shared almost exactly a year ago when my son was only 5 months old. I reread it, and it was just the reminder that I needed!
One of Caleb’s favorite places to be is next to the back window looking into our backyard.
The other 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.
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 shadows on the wall.
It reminded me that all too often I get in an unnecessary hurry. 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?
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