After yet another busy day, mum rushed from work to pick up the two children, 3 and 6, from childcare. Once home they flew into the house with hungry bellies waiting to be fed.
For 10 minutes kids were frantically doing their chores, food was flying around the kitchen so fast even Jamie Oliver would be impressed and with an exhausted yell, “Dinner’s ready” everyone sits down to eat.
Mum heaves a sigh of relief that doesn’t go unnoticed.
Out of the mouth of babes…
“Mummy,” says her 6 year old son, “why are we always rushing and living for the future? You’re always saying what we have to do next, what we’re working for and rushing. Why can’t we enjoy where we are now, here with each other?”
Mum stopped in her tracks on hearing this. When her husband came home from work that weekend, she shared it with him too. They both took stock of their lives and really listened to the words of wisdom their son had uttered.
Since that hectic week, life has slowed down for this family.
They re-prioritised, rejigged and moved some goal posts to be able to spend more quality time with each other, right now.
So here is a strategy to try for the week:
If you’re feeling busy and rushed, stop and ask, “What am I rushing for?” (What’s the goal?).
This mum was working hard to be able to afford holidays and quality things for her children, but she realised the cost was quality time with them now.
So often we work for the “I’ll be happy when…” things instead of maximising what we already have.
Spend some time this week making the most of what is already present in your life that is precious to you.
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