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Making Time Slow Down

in , , , by JLynnCorter, 12/17/2017
All too often we find ourselves as parents saying things like "But they were just a baby! Where has the time gone?" It's a conundrum we face everyday. We have the 9-5 grind, or if you are a stay-at-home parent, we have housework, work at home jobs, etc. There is so much to do during the day, that we find ourselves running around like chickens with our heads cut off.

But we can take steps to make time slow down. Well, nobody can really slow time down, however, there are things we can do to live more intentionally. Take a look at the world around you. Learn to look at things in a different light. This is one of my goals going into the new year, is to live more intentionally, to be more present.

The little things in life are just so important. In fact, they are the most important moments in our lives. Take for example our children when they are playing. While it's great to take the time out to get other things done, we should take some time out to just watch them. Enjoy them, take in all of the sights and sounds around you. It's a wonderful thing.

Up early in the morning? Something that I personally love to do, and some of you may find this strange, but when I make myself a cup of coffee, I love to add the creamer and watch as it swirls 'round and 'round in my cup, making different designs as it settles in my cup. It's just a small thing that grounds me in the morning, and gets me ready for the day. The way the spoon hits the side of my coffee cup, it can be anything. The sunrise outside, or during this time of year, the quiet of the snow as it falls.

Even something as mundane as washing dishes can provide some solace. Think about it. Your hands, feel them in the warm and soapy water, look at the suds, feel the dishes in your hands. Making dinner, smell the delicious aromas, take it all in, enjoy it. Look outside when you get a chance, take a peek at the trees, even though they don't have leaves on them right now, it doesn't mean they aren't still beautiful. See? It can really be anything that you can find around you.

That is what we really have to do, is learn to ground ourselves, and to live more in the moment. What grounds you? Is it listening to music, taking a walk, meditating? Find what brings you into the present moment and do that. You'll find that time seems to slow down a little bit. Even though it really doesn't, because nobody has that power, it can feel like life slows down for you a smidgen.

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