Life is all about balance, right? In my life, there’s typically too much going on. I married a wonderful man who loves to be on the go. He literally never stops traveling for work, fun, family, etc. I was raised to have a little quiet in the day. But you know what they say, opposites attract. I love his ability to never stop, and I’ve truly grown to function the same way but sometimes it’s good for the soul to take a time out and rest.
This week I felt that need to take a time out more than ever. I was having a really hard time focusing on much of anything but work. I have a new and exciting opportunity to start another business with a friend and that’s been in the forefront of my mind and I wasn’t being present in other parts of my day. This all came apparent when picking my son up at school and another mom said, “Have a great day! See you on Thursday.” I stared at her for a second and then said, “Good.” That’s it. That’s all I said. “Good.” (Insert facepalm emoji) After realizing my lack of vocabulary words to add to that “good,” I apologized and spoke like an adult human.
I realized when I got in the car that I needed to be more present around my kids and anyone else I was going to run into going forward. Sometimes though, that’s way easier said than done. In today’s world of smart phones, social media, and apple watches, it’s so easy to be overly attentive to work, friends, and online platforms then to the people right in front of us.
I took this new found realization and decided that the internet and email could wait and I put my phone away. I took the rest of the afternoon to be present with the kids and do things they wanted to do. We picked a few lemons and a few blood oranges from our trees in the backyard and made deliciously-sour blood orange lemonade. It was so nice to disconnect from all the things we can’t see, and open my eyes to what was right in front of me. This will definitely have to be a new habit in my house.
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