It’s so easy to get caught up in all the things that need doing. The places that need getting to. The tasks that need completing to coax each child into their corresponding clothes and shoes and out the door. And so easy to then get stressed when the schedule doesn’t run on time. When things are spilled or ripped or lost. When chaos is created in the 2 seconds after some kind of order was restored. And then everyone’s wellbeing becomes secondary to the task or the schedule. The doing overtakes the being.
But that’s not who we are.
That’s not how people are made.
So here are some ways that we slowed down on an everyday trip to the supermarket today. Ways, perhaps, of realising that while we sometimes have to be there now, it’s not always such a hurry. And when it’s not a hurry, we don’t have to hurry.
1. Take a short (or not so short) detour and walk through the park instead of down the road.
2. Look at/smell/pick the flowers.
3. Find a bench and sit down to have a snack together.
4. Look at the live seafood section for as long as the kids want.
6. Stop to throw rocks into the most ginormous muddy puddle.
7. Listen to the birds.
8. Watch the machines on the construction site.
9. Collect sticks and stones along the way.
Do you have ways of slowing down as an individual or a family? Let me know in the comments.