Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Letting Go & Slowing Down -- by Robin

I've been practicing a lot of letting go of late.

The older I get, the more I realize that so much is out of our hands. And, for those of us, like me, who thrive on a certain level of control, it gets tiring to be in relentless pursuit of that.

So, I've decided to put things out to the universe, as best I can.

If I want something, sure I'll pursue it, but I'm not going to let it keep me up at night. I refuse. I sleep poorly enough as it is.

Take this weekend. We had a variety of plans. And, Seth is now sick, so our calendar has quickly emptied. We cancelled everything. And, while I'm disappointed, it's also okay. We'll all chill at home and try to get healthy and strong. I'm still getting over a cold, and they're predicting a blizzard here in New York. I sure hope the forecasters are wrong. I detest snow. While beautiful to look at, shoveling and driving in it, and the ice and slush that results, is far from fun, in my book. And, a skiier or sledder I'm not.

We gave Seth a Nerf Dart Tag game today (thanks to Hasbro) as his last Hanukkah present, and he and I played with it. No doubt, it will occupy much of our indoor weekend. He's loving it. It comes with protective glasses that two players wear, along with foam vests with targets on them that you shoot at with the Nerf guns. We put one of the vests on a stuffed pig, and had a shooting match in our living room. Piggie survived, and I have to admit, it was a fun time.

Not sure what we'll do tomorrow. Watch some movies on cable. Maybe bake cookies. Quality family time. Slow time. Time that we often don't allow ourselves because life is so full.

Before you know it, the holiday school break will be here, and we'll be hustling around pursuing different activities to take advantage of the time off. So, in a way, it's nice to be forced to slow the pace, be fully present, and just enjoy each other and what the universe has in store.

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Blogger Unknown said...

I agree. Time goes so fast, especially with the children. I think the best days are the ones spent doing, well, nothing. My girls and I love to cuddle on the couch with popcorn and hot chocolate and just watch movies for a day, or read books... something that isn't scheduled, and often doesn't involve getting out of our PJs! I've even rescheduled shoots (I'm a photographer) to spent quality DOWN time with my family.

We are too much of a hustle and bustle society. Slowing down is good!

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