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I've been thinking a lot about it lately, taking mental notes on my progress, and, in all honesty, wish I were doing better. The whole point was to practice slowing down, simplifying life, and "savoring" that which is most important...my husband and children. You know what? It's been a lot harder than I would like to admit.
The slowing down....not so much. This last miscarriage has worn my poor old body out and my energy levels are way down. Blegh. So crappy. But it has certainly slowed me down.
Simplifying life. Okay....I'll give myself that one. I just don't do ANYTHING anymore. That's pretty simple, yeah?
But the "savoring" my family. That's been a hard one. Do the words "school starts in 9 days, 0 hours, 5 minutes, and 35 seconds...." tell you anything.
It's not that I don't want to. It's just so much easier to be discontent because you don't have to actually TRY. Focusing on the good things in life, the positives, the "brighter side"....now that actually takes effort. Most of the time I'd just rather take a nap.
I have been very hard on my kids lately. Many a cross word, and even a few cuss words (gasp!), have been bellowed in their general direction as of late and I'm beginning to see the effect it has had on our relationships, their self-esteems and the spirit in our home. And I don't like it. That's why this article had such an impact on me today.
I read it, and plan to read it again and again, until it's message is so deeply implanted in my brain that I will never forget it.
So...on top of "Project Savor" I am now going to add "Project 'Nice Talk'".
You'll have to read Hilary's article to understand the idea behind this new project. I HIGHLY encourage it.
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