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The Importance of Slowing Down

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Rush for the sake of rushing. Slow Down instead

I have a love-hate relationship with Wal-Mart.

Anyone else?

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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12 thoughts on “The Importance of Slowing Down

  1. I definitely agree! I feel like so much of our life is go, go, go, but it's really important to sit down and remember to breathe. I feel like it's easier for children than us to focus on the little things because they have nothing to worry about, or at least nothing as serious as bills, paycheck, jobs, etc.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

    1. So true, Liz. I often feel like I have a million things swarming around in my head, and forget to notice the little things. My son has definitely helped me slow down and enjoy more simple pleasures of life.

  2. Yes. Way too much and way too often. I feel like my children's childhoods have just flown by. I think the reason the years fly is because we don't pay attention to the things we did as children. Clouds overhead… grass blowing in a breeze… dandelion fluff.
    Bless you for reminding me!
    Do drop by and say hello,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    1. Our children can teach us so much about life. I think it is important to see things from their perspective! Thanks for stopping by, Laura. I will definitely stop by your blog too!

  3. Just Beautiful. The children sometimes remind us of what is important. Although I don't like shopping at Walmart!
    Have a wonderful day
    Vickie
    Vickie's Kitchen and Garden

  4. I just found your blog via Money Saving Mom. And I love this post. I agree about Wal-Mart, about slowing down and slowing down while in Wal-Mart. 🙂 We don't go often, but when I do, I'm sure to let it be the event of the day. My kids (5 & 3) usually get distracted at the TVs for a while. But when I'm in slow mode, I just let them.
    Also, I LOVE how often my 5 year old literally stops to smell the roses (mums, whatever is in bloom). Kids are such great reminders of that.

    1. Yes, Sarah! Going to Wal-Mart is usually the "event of the day" around here too. I am learning that with my son it is worth taking our time and slowing down, so that I can focus on my relationship with him rather than just hurrying up and getting things done. How sweet that your 5 year old stops and smells the flowers!

  5. I always feel the same when im out and about. chloe will point at things and im in a hurry I barely look sometimes I should stop and look at things the way she does because really im just headed back home. Im sure alot of other moms do this to sometimes our minds have a whole list of things to do but theres always another do to get to that task. your SIS Hannah.

    1. You are right, Hannah! I think moms and women in general always have a to-do list running in our heads and we forget to just focus on the little ones and things in front of us.

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