#LivePositiveChallenge – Slow Down
There is a feeling we get when we are rushed, and it’s not a good feeling. To some it feels like exhaustion, others feel anxiety or fear. Whatever it feels like to you, it’s important to identify and try to reverse.
Last night, in the rush of getting dinner cooked, laundry done, lunches made, and all the other things our little family needs to accomplish, my son fell asleep. When he woke up, he looked at me with huge, tear filled eyes, and told me he was so worried because now he wasn’t going to be able to get everything done.
I asked him, “What do you need to get done?” but he couldn’t tell me. He was simply feeling that rush. The one I feel all the time, but didn’t even realize I was passing on to my son.
So we stopped, and at 8:45 pm, we went out for ice cream.
Dishes, laundry, bathrooms, floors, all of it can wait. We needed to slow down.
MINI CHALLENGE – Should only take a minute!
The most important piece of slowing down is to simply realize when you are moving too fast.
Notice it, acknowledge it, and decide if it really is worth rushing for.
The best way to alleviate that RUSH feeling…
Give someone you love a hug.
Hold them tight and let time stop for just a minute.
Don’t have someone you love within hugging distance?
Close your eyes and think about something you love.
INSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGE – Can take 5 minutes to a hour, depending on how creative you get.
You need to find the answer to “Will this even matter in a week? A month? A year?”
This is a true challenge.
Many of the things we are rushing for will not matter even a week from now, much less a month or a year down the road.
If you are able to pause long enough to prioritize the moments in your life, you will come to realize only a select few are worth rushing for.
POWER CHALLENGE – Keeps you focused on positive all day long.
Live in the moment. Be present where you are.
Today. When you feel yourself being rushed by commitments and responsibilities, remember to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment you are in.
When you are rushing from work to grocery shopping to pick children up and take them to practices, it’s easy to get caught up in the planning of the next task and completely miss out on enjoying the one your in.
Find pleasure where you are
Spend some time being grateful and this will come naturally. It’s easy to complain about grocery shopping, but what would life be like if there wasn’t a grocery store to go to? A convenient place where you can get all of the food you need is not something available to everyone.
Hectic moment in the car while getting the kids to practice? Take a deep breath and remind yourself how blessed you are to have those kids. Ask them how their day was. Make time in those few minutes in the car ride to connect and remind them how much you love them.
Work in Progress
I’m writing this on a sunny afternoon, relaxing and enjoying a cup of tea and a light breeze. It’s easy to think about slowing down, because I’m not in the everyday rush.
Sometimes I write many of these because I need to be reminded to do them, and I often need repeated reminders. Life is good. There are so many blessings. However, our society pushes us to do and be so many things, it can often be overwhelming and confusing to meet every single expectation.
Don’t ever beat yourself up for not feeling perfect. Because you and I are works in progress.