Last weekend my husband took Ziggy to spend the spend the day with his parents. He left me with strict instructions: DO NOTHING. No laundry, no cooking, no cleaning, NOTHING! Of course I took down the Christmas tree, lights and other holiday decor. I did some light organizing and then I sat down intent on relaxing. It felt like work to make myself do nothing. But that’s me – always going, always thinking, always contemplating the next step. I finally popped open my netbook and searched the net and looked at recipes. I watched some recorded shows on television. I sipped wine. I took a nice long shower and used my lavender body scrub (which I hardly ever use because I am usually in a rush). I indulged in chocolate. It was awesome. By the time they both got back after several hours I was refreshed and relaxed…ultimately a slightly better version of the frazzled me they left behind.
So my attempt is to resist picking up every single toy Ziggy drops on the floor every time she drops it. I will hold her and cherish that precious moment instead of thinking that she needs drops or a bath later that night. I can’t live in the past and always anticipate the future, I am just going to practice living in the moment.
I’m learning to carve out some alone time each day to just be. To recharge, to just be, and to accept and indulge in ‘the now’ even if the house is a mess and dinner is not even defrosted.