WE WEREN'T MEANT TO COMPLETELY GROW UP
There. I said it. Of course we have to in some ways. The whole living with our parents thing can't go on forever. Well . . . ok, never mind about that one.
But, there's the car, the house, the electric bill, medical insurance, the kids. It's no wonder we grow up and become so darned serious. It all has it rightful place. But, let's not forget our smiles and that insatiable joy that comes from being carefree like a child. My kids teach me everyday, to find the excitement of inhibition.
I believe God created us to live in wonder. Why else would he have created such an amazing a miraculous world? Yet, we drive to work and hardly notice the beauty around us. Stress tightens our muscles of patience until they spring in irritation. Music becomes background annoyance to our concentration. Birds tweeting outside our window makes us slam it shut so we can think. We even send the kids to their rooms to play for the moment of respite. Oh wait. Maybe that's just me. :/
Okay, so I get reality. It IS a factor in our lives. We cannot escape stress or the to-do list, and we'd be irresponsible to skip work and read all day (well, if we did that for the majority of our day to day lives). Life happens. It's a fact.
Which is why I choose to be intentional. I choose to allow myself to not always be serious. To not pay attention to the mom-look in my own head that shushes me into responsible silence. There are four things that I've learned to embrace in moments when I need to be reminded of that childlike joy.
And probably the most critical of all of those for me has been #2. BE in the moment. As a mom and a career woman, I'm often twenty-thousand steps ahead. It's like my brain never stops. Pro-actively considering all the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Planning for next week's lunches for my daughter, compiling files for work and identifying grids to best present the next step of company development, plotting out novels and oh yeah! I'm married!! Pay attention to the man in my life. Poor Cap'n Hook. He's been thrown over for "responsibility".
BE in the moment, I say. Stop. Right now. DO IT. Are you doing it? Identify four things you love but have forgotten to notice. I'm doing it too. I see:
1. The quilt a dear family someone made my daughter when she was born
2. That reminds me of my daughter when she was a baby and now I'm smiling at the memories
3. The trees outside the window are tainted with yellow ... Autumn is arriving
4. There's something mesmerizing about a clock ticking
Did you do it?
Tell me the four things you noticed . . . please. Leave them in the comments and today, practice the four things to keeping you young. Seriously. Don't just read this blog post and say "oh how nice was that". DO IT! :) Be young at heart today. Be in the moment. Play. Be Silly.
Jaime Jo Wright - author of spirited turn-of-the-century romance, stained with suspense
March 2016, "The Cowgirl's Lasso", The Cowboy Bride's Novella Collection, from Barbour Publishing
August, 2016,"Gold Haven Heiress", The California Gold Rush Brides Collection, from Barbour Publishing
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