I decided to sleep in one Saturday morning. I felt like I needed to slow down and I intended to listen rather than fight the feeling. This is easier said than done because I am a self-proclaimed busy body. I got out of the bed and went into the kitchen for a glass of water. When I came back into the bedroom my husband and 2-year-old daughter were awake and cuddling together. I smiled at them then immediately got distracted by the growing pile of clutter in the room. This pile had been growing for the past few months and today I was going to make it disappear. Then, I wanted to clean the rest of our very messy apartment.
I was crafting an elaborate plan in my head when I remembered my intention was to slow down today. I sipped the water and took a deep breath. I decided that the cleaning could wait. My husband and daughter were having this sweet moment and I didn’t want it to pass me by because I was in “busy mom” mode. I got back into the bed and snuggled with them for a few minutes. My daughter sat up and tumbled out of the bed. I waited for her to signal to us that she was ready for breakfast. Instead, she walked back towards me and reached up with her cute little hands. I picked her up and she wrapped her arms around me. She laid on my chest just like she used to do when she was a small baby. I rubbed her back and sniffed her messy hair. For the next ten minutes it felt like time was standing still as I stayed present with the moment. My daughter eventually jumped out of my arms and demanded breakfast. We were back into the normal pace of our day and I was ready to tackle that pile of stuff in the corner of my room.
I’m so glad that I paused before moving full force into the day. If I had started cleaning right away I would have missed this moment with my family. Slowing down allowed me to be kind to my family. It also allowed me to be kind to myself because who doesn’t love cuddles? Our lives can get really busy. It is all too easy to feel like we are constantly on the go. I am learning, though, that the laundry will be there later, the messy house can wait, the errand list isn’t going anywhere; but enjoying these everyday moments with our family and loved ones can slip by if we aren’t mindful. Sometimes kindness looks like slowing down enough to notice the everyday extraordinary moments in our lives. These small moments beckon us to savor the beauty that is right in front of us, even in a messy room. Take a few minutes today to pause from your “to do” list and notice the everyday magic that is whirling around you right now.