How often do you take the time to just “BE”? To keep pace in the rat race of life, w
e are so busy in our efforts to do all things and be all things we forget to breathe. Do you ever feel like an octopus, being pulling in eight directions at the same time? Do you simply want to shout, ENOUGH! The song “Worn”
by Tenth Avenue North is a great source of encouragement during today’s hectic and stressful environment.
Taking time to shut off technology, free yourself from distractions and giving yourself a time-out may be challenging but it is a necessary requirement for maintaining good health and balance in your life.
Technology that was developed to improve and simplify our lives now captivates us to the point we are attached to it every day, all day long. No wonder we feel worn out and stressed more than ever before. We need time to rest, reflect and restore our body back into a healthy balance.
During this past month I pampered myself by prioritizing my time. My daughter was home from college on winter break, which was her first extended visit since going away in the fall. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more but I do know a house is made a home when family and friends are present.
Instead of spending extra hours working, I chose to embrace quality time, nurturing our relationship and creating new memories. This special time made me realize how often we get so caught up in making a living that we miss some of the sweetest moments of life. Relationships will grow or diminish depending on the time and effort put into them.
We enjoyed hanging out, chatting and simply spending time together. The relationship does change after a child goes off to college. I’m pleased to say our relationship has been enriched and we’ve become even closer. It pleases me to see her many wonderful qualities and that she has found her own wings of independence.
Once you become a parent, your life is never the same. The greatest gift you can give a child, or anyone, is your time and your full attention. Be in the moment. Our behaviors are a reflection of the company we keep.
One of our most memorable events during her break was the day she had all four wisdom teeth extracted. I’m happy to report, everything went well. Per her request, we have some great video to remind us of how well the medications worked to distract her from the surgery and pain. Priceless!
The break allowed her adequate time to recharge from the rigors of college and dorm life. There is a lot to be said for coming home and sleeping in your own bed and eating home cooked meals. Our emotional well-being is revitalized when we slow down and center ourselves back into balance.
What many people don’t realize is, if you don’t take the time to take care of you, eventually your body will get your attention. The attention can be in the form of a physical or emotional disease or life ending heart attack. Neither good health nor poor health occurs over night. Take care of your today so you won’t be a prisoner in your body, unable to enjoy life in later years.
Find the balance. Taking the time to relax, reflect and recalculate your life and your priorities can enrich and, possibly, extend your life. Live! Laugh! Love!
My daughter put together a video of my 2012 Tweak the Treat
event during her break and I think you may enjoy it. How awesome it is to see how this event has grown and impacted so many lives. Remember, it’s not the destination but the journey. It’s good to be alive!
Also, this :30 second video is sure to bring a smile to your face: Baby Wakes Up To Favorite Song
Until next month…TCOY