“Finding the beauty in everyday moments is really just a matter of taking the time to slow down, stop and appreciate the wonder of the world around us”.
The last little while has been crazy busy for myself and my family. Nothing major, just the busyness of daily life: kids parties, dental appointments, travelling for work, an operation for our beloved puppy, kindy prep, getting the kids in the car, getting the kids out of the car, laundry, laundry, laundry and so it goes on. Like I said, nothing incredibly big or exciting, but nevertheless overwhelmingly draining.
Lately I’ve felt my to-do list grow ever and ever longer to the point where there’s no room left – for anything. And if I happen to inadvertently have a chance to stop even for a minute, I immediately think there’s something wrong, that there must be something on my to-do list that needs doing. An inner panic sets in as I can’t decide whether I’m stressed about all the things I should be doing or I’m stressed because I can’t seem to enjoy relaxing anyway even if I did have the time. Either way, I’m feeling guilty.
And then a miracle happened this past weekend. For the first time in a really long time, we had no plans. No appointments, no schedule, no rushing to get somewhere, nowhere to be. AND IT WAS GLORIOUS.
I went for a walk with the kids to our local beach (Ettalong Beach is hands down one the best kid-friendly beaches on the Coast), bringing the bare minimum with me. We stopped on the way to look at the flowers (and dead insects). We noticed the baby ducklings that lived down the end of the street, the construction work a few doors down, the different cars that went past as we crossed the road. When we finally got to the beach, I handed the kids a bucket and spade each and they were off – making sandcastles, putting their toes in the water, jumping off the sand dunes.
I’d forgotten how much fun can be had when we let ourselves slow down, even for a moment, and allow our lives to be unscheduled. It’s true, it’s amazing how much joy can be had on own doorsteps when we allow ourselves the opportunity to slow down, relax and explore our natural environment.
And to heck with the laundry, it can wait.