Take a Deep Breath, Mama

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girls in wonderland

The last few days have seemed amazingly full. My to do list has continual scratchings and carry overs to the next day. I can’t seem to catch up.

At the same time, I’ve done things that I wouldn’t normally do under these swampish conditions, namely take my kids on outings.

On Tuesday we met FishPapa at the San Diego Botanical Gardens. It was beautiful, full of trees and plants that I only thought existed in the imaginations of men like Seuss and Disney. It was a beautiful day, and admission was free. We slathered on the sunscreen and headed out. FishChick4 cried as we left.

On Wednesday we met a new friend at the pool. My girls and hers splashed and splashed while we chatted. A couple hours later I herded home wet and tired, yet contented kids. And I was all the better for the adult conversation.

It’s okay to step back  from the to-do list. You probably already know this. I have to be reminded.

There’s a place for stirring yourself to activity and exerting a little effort. And there’s a place to take a deep breath and soak it in.

May we have eyes to see the difference this summer.

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  1. So true! I’m glad you found time off from your to do list and some rejuvenation.

    In the last decade I’ve discovered that when I’m stretched too far I need to turn my back on my to do list. Take the kids on outings. Sleep more. Do nothing. Move slowly.

    It works and is sure a whole lot better than getting more and more frantic or, even worse, crashing.

    You just keep right on keeping your priorities straight! In the light of eternity, our to do lists are not as important as we think anyhow. 🙂

  2. How did you know? This was exactly the message that I needed to read today. Last day of school tomorrow and I am zooming around distracted and fretting over to-do list and swarm of things that ought to be on it. But it won’t all Get Crossed Off, will it? Deep breath. Soak it in. Thank you.

    1. Ha! I saw your cakes on Facebook this morning and knew you were choosing the better way. 😉 Enjoy the end of the year!