Ever have one of those days where your head is spinning? You’ve worked your butt off all day, ran a ton of errands, tended to the kids and now all you want to do is “zone” and “veg” out in front of the tube? Me too. Matter of fact, my husband and I had one of those days just last week (it’s been a bit tough having my little girl home from preschool for two weeks for the holidays and trying to get my work and holiday errands done). Anyhooos…all we wanted was to watch a show. One single show. That’s it. We rarely (and I mean maybe once a week) watch a television show together. Not too much to ask right? Well, my little 3 year old daughter had other plans.
I’m telling you, not 10 minutes into our show and our little princess busted out into song and dance and paraded around the house with every single toy that made noise! Then she started crawling all over us. At one point I swear she was suctioned to my husband’s head. We tried to ask her to settle down and play by herself for just a little bit longer until our show was done. Nope! Not in her plans. Then in a stern voice I said,” Jordan…get down now. Mommy and Papa are trying to watch a show.” And then something amazing happened. My husband simply said,
“It’s ok, babe. That show has a rewind button…she doesn’t.”
And there it was. In an instant we realized this was our chance to unwind…a precious moment that could have been lost forever, was saved. That show wasn’t nearly as interesting as watching that little blonde hair, blue-eyed, Miss Independent, spunky little girl of ours.
You know, too often we get wrapped up in all the the things we have to do…or think we have to do…that we feel burdened with little interruptions. Instead of taking a break, re-prioritizing, and eliminating self-imposed or meaningless tasks we stress and beat ourselves up when we can’t get it all done. Well guess what? You’re not perfect and neither am I. You can stress all day long about the future and what needs to get done, but be careful…you could be missing out on the “right now.” Life doesn’t have a rewind button. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a break, to breathe and to enjoy life just a little bit.
We all need a dose of medicine every once in awhile…and I’m taking a dose of mine. Instead of stressing out about all the things I have to do, I’m only going to focus on a few. And more importantly, I’m going to embrace this wonderful opportunity of being home with my family and enjoy the holidays. Are you ready too? Think you can take a break and enjoy the “right now?” Come on…let’s give it a try!