Sunday slowdown

I used to be jealous of the people who enjoyed leisurely breakfasts and lunches on the weekends. Those people always seemed to have free time to do fun things. Meanwhile, I was always trying to keep up with what seemed like 50 different activities–very few of them feeling like fun at that pace. It didn’t seem fair.

This past year, it came to my attention that we all have exactly the same amount of time: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is our choices that dictate how that time is spent.

Our choices. Hmm. So if I was the one choosing how I spent my time, why was I frantic, desperate to not drop any of the balls I was juggling? And why exactly was I juggling all those balls anyway? Why was I choosing to live that way?

So recently I’ve been exploring those why’s, and that journey has been really interesting. Then I started asking myself: What do I really want to choose? How do I want to live?

In a nutshell, I want to be happy and enjoy this life. It is a gift after all. If I look at it that way, everything becomes a blessing, something for which to be grateful. And so then I want to slow down and savor it.

It’s midafternoon on a Sunday, and so far I have enjoyed eating breakfast, doodling while sipping my mocha, decluttering and organizing my house a little more, and partaking in this lovely lunch, complete with an accompaniment of Brazilian music.

Baby spinach with shrimp, red pepper, red onion, tomatoes, and Greek dressing. Simple and delicious.

Yes, now I have the less-sexy task of completing my taxes, but I am blessed to have income to report and a computer with which to do them.

May you start finding and savoring the blessings in your everyday life. It really can change your entire experience of life.

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