Are you a type A mom, being on a schedule all the time, to complete all you need, with the best of results?
Are you at the same time pulling your children along, keeping up with your tempo? Are you aware of the impact that may have on them?
The story in this article “The day I stopped saying “Hurry up!” “ can’t be unusual. It wouldn’t get that many (+1 million) likes and hundred thousands of shares and pins if that wasn’t the case.
Read or listen and reflect. What can you do, to start appreciate the qualities of the young individuals in our lives, and give more time for those to flourish, and start living in today.
[…] Whenever my child caused me to deviate from my master schedule, I thought to myself, “We don’t have time for this.” Consequently, the two words I most commonly spoke to my little lover of life were: “Hurry up.” […]
[…] My promise to slow down was made almost three years ago, at the same time I began my journey to let go of daily distraction and grasp what matters in life. And living at a slower pace still takes a concerted effort. My younger daughter is my living reminder of why I must keep trying. In fact, the other day, she reminded me once again.
The two of us had taken a bike ride to a sno-cone shack while on vacation. After purchasing a cool treat for my daughter, she sat down at a picnic table delightedly admiring the icy tower she held in her hand.
Suddenly a look of worry came across her face. “Do I have to rush, Mama?”
I could have cried. Perhaps the scars of a hurried life don’t ever completely disappear, I thought sadly.
As my child looked up at me waiting to know if she could take her time, I knew I had a choice. I could sit there in sorrow thinking about the number of times I rushed my child through life… or I could celebrate the fact that today I’m trying to do thing differently.
I chose to live in today.[…]
Racy May Stafford, Huffington Post
Thank you to those sharing experiences that can help others realize and learn the same, without doing the same or more damage to ourselves and / or others.
Slow down. Live now.