Monday, August 1, 2011

Tuesday Tip: Take time to unplug

This week's tip comes a day early and I'm going to keep it short and sweet.  On the heels of last week's post about the many minor milestones of childhood, it occurred to me again how quickly the time passes.  It's amazing that in a matter of months, the newborn that was attached to your breast is suddenly nibbling on a grilled cheese.  Or that the one year old taking those tentative first steps is suddenly bolting down the street, full steam ahead. 

Full steam ahead.  That's the way our life flies by.  The days are often a blur of routine and accumulated exhaustion.  Our lives end up on a constant cycle of wash, rinse, repeat.  We do our best to savor the small moments, the everyday victories but too often, they pass us by in the controlled chaos that has become routine.  

This week, we're taking a break.  Some time off. It's been delicious so far, in more ways than one.  There were cupcakes for breakfast and sandy hands at lunch.  While I couldn't escape doing a bit of laundry, I resisted making the beds (no small feat for my control freak self!) and relished making sand castles.  There was an outdoor shower at the beach that may or may not have removed all the sunscreen, sand and salt water.  And that's ok.  

This week is for savoring our time together, for rediscovering the joy in our children and in our lives.  This week is for unplugging.  For taking a collective time out.  For letting email pile up and perhaps even the dishes too.  This week is for realizing just how lucky we are and appreciating the time we have together.  For this week, like life in general, is sure to fly by far too fast and I for one, want to enjoy every moment. 

That's why I'm going to be the first to follow this Tuesday Tip as I unplug, unwind and as the great song goes "love the ones I'm with!"   Be back next week, hopefully relaxed, recharged and ready to jump back into our fast-paced, full steam ahead lives.

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