At 5:50 in the morning it’s still pretty dark here. This morning was no different. I was rushing (shocker) because I chose to watch TV last night instead of making lunches for the kids. As I was gathering sandwiches and water bottles my son said “Hey Mom you should look outside. You can see all the stars in the sky and they’re blue. They look really nice.”
Immediate pause. Deep breath. Wow. Insert Oprah Aha moment. I love the fact that something in this wonderful life made him stop and pause for a moment. I love that he appreciated the beauty of the stars this morning when many of us adults just take for granted that they’re twinkling in the sky. Most importantly I love the fact that he wanted to share something so beautiful with me.
Children notice way more than we think they do. They sit in the background and breathe it all in. They make us giggle. Sometimes they make us cry. And sometimes if you’re lucky they give you the gift of gazing at the stars.
This is usually where I tell you about five things that I am feeling this week. Today I’m tossing in a slight plot twist. I spent the better part of this week recognizing “moments” as they happened. I’m not sure the reason. Maybe the planets, moon and stars were all aligned for me this week. Maybe I’m finally finding a little inner peace. Whatever the case may be I found that my soul was recognizing “moments” quite regularly this week. I wasn’t rushing as much as I’m used to. I took a few more deep breaths.
I took my dog for a walk this week over at our local reservoir. The morning was overcast but it really didn’t look like rain. I walked about half way around the reservoir when rain lightly began to fall. I was half way around. Either way you cut it – whether I turned back or I moved forward – I was going the same distance.
I decided on moving forward. A few more steps in and it began to pour. Large raindrops soaked through my sweatshirt. My sneakers were drenched. The dog…well she was soaked through as well. I looked out across the reservoir to the other side and something rather amazing happened. The sun began peeking through the gray sky and reflected a beautiful path of light on to the water. The sight was breath taking. The ripples from the rain drops were highlighted and shimmered across the entire body of water. I thought about taking a picture but sometimes what your mind captures is more than enough. The sun was there for only a few minutes and then receded back into a completely gray sky. The rain continued to pour down. If I wasn’t paying attention I would have missed that “moment”.
Reflecting back on that moment I believe it was a clear metaphor about everyday life. We have the choice to turn back or move forward every day. Either way you go the same distance. You put in the same amount of effort.
I’m choosing to move forward. I hope you do too. My wish for all of us is that we get to experience more “moments” of clarity. I hope we continue to be present every day as not to miss those “feels”.
Happy Friday everybody! Five Friday Feels will be back next week.
I always felt the end result was so much more important than the steps you took to get there. I saw the picture posted on Instagram before I ever picked up a paint brush or took out the mixer. I was writing the Facebook post in my head long before we were in the car heading to our destination. Egotistically I assumed that it would be “picture worthy” or turn out exactly how my mind imagined it. If I analyzed this thought process and was really honest with myself I’d pictured the “likes” in my head too.
But as of late I’ve embraced the need to slow down. I am thinking my projects through. I’m quietly watching and listening to the signs around me. I’ve been hearing those soul whispers…you know, the tiny breaths of “keep going” or sometimes “slow down”. A perfect example is this website. It’s not nearly as pretty as I imagined. There’s not much content. There are for sure pictures of things I’ve made that I could post. It’s very important to me to document the evolution. I don’t have an end result picture in my mind. Do I have a dream, a goal and a path? I sure do. But my end result picture isn’t clear and it’s not even really on my radar right now.
It’s so easy to rush through all the things. Everyday life has you on the run. There is just so much to do every single day. There are clothes to wash, meals to cook, and a house that never stays clean. Children need rides, dogs need walking…the list goes on and on. Your soul knows that you need moments. A minute to slow down, to take a few breaths. Your soul whispers…she won’t come and club you over the head to let you know what you need. Just a few gentle tugs from your soul to your heart. Listening to our whispers takes practice.
I’m not close to saying that I have perfected this sport because truly, I have not. However, I have been taking time to enjoy the process of creating or baking or of just enjoying a particular slice of time. Will I always be successful? Heck no, who ever is? But I am making a conscious effort to recognize the grace of slowing down. I think you should try it too. Imagine if we all just slowed down a bit and listened to the whispers? I bet those moments would come more abundantly. We all deserve the gifts that come from listening to our whispers and enjoying the process from start to finish.