I should join a circus.
Why, you ask?
Because I’m a pro juggler. Just like every other mom I know.
Kids. Get them up, dressed, fed, groomed, to school, to after school/extracurricular activities, fed, homework, fed, bathed, fed, in bed.
A job outside the home. Enough said.
Church. Activities associated with church.
Laundry, sweeping, mopping, dusting, laundry, dishes, laundry, bathrooms, laundry….
Relationships. Time for self………. What are those?!?!? Who has the time?
You all know your lists look, or at least feel, just like these; plus a hundred other things most days. I’ve posted at least twice about slowing down, being still, and those are fabulous ideas. It just doesn’t seem reasonable most days to take an hour or two and just sit. How unproductive is that? It’s not even COMFORTABLE for me. Mach 10 is my pace. People depend on me, and on my endless lists getting done. But I’ll say it yet again, put the brakes on. Take a moment for yourself. How can we continue to take care of everyone else in the world if we do not take care of ourselves first– mentally, physically, Spiritually?
Ease the pounding of my heart
By quieting of my mind.
Steady my harried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Amidst the confusions of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music of the sighing streams
That live in my memory.
Help me to know
The magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations of slowing down to look at a flower;
To chat with an old friend or to make a new one;
To pat a stray dog;
To watch a spider build a web;
To smile at a child;
Or to read a few lines from a good book.
Putting my juggling pins down for FIVE MINUTES,
Cape Wearing Mommy