Sometimes life sends us a splendid opportunity to attune to the essentials. Of course it typically doesn’t feel like an “opportunity,” but more often like: Ahhh—I have too-freaking-much to do!!!
Parenthood is like that. I know I’m not the only parent has become unbelievably efficient with my time and energy (at least with regards to work), because, well, survival. My kids' summer break has upped the ante on this for me. As I find myself with more hours of responsibility for the care of my children, I have really had to tighten my belt on what activities are truly essential.
Facebook? A world of nope.
Finishing my new website? It’s going to have to wait.
All those marketing activities I had planned? Again, it can wait.
I could keep plowing through and trying to get everything done. OR I could yield to the rhythm of the year—to my own natural ebb and flow.
Blueberry picking? Yes!
A mud-free hike? Yes!
Dinners in the backyard? Yes please!
Reading books that have nothing to do with the Alexander Technique? (Or do they….??) Of course!
I am still attending to the essentials. I am teaching and loving the opportunity to connect with my students—new and old. I am writing this blog. Newsletter will go out soon. And I am Inhibiting the habit of uselessly stressing myself out over everything else. Because there will be a season for those things too (or not).
To quote that hero of mindfulness, Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”