Take A Break


I feel like I haven’t taken a breath lately. It seems as if my life is whizzing by and I barely have time to fall asleep at night before waking up and doing it all over again. One of my very best friends used to joke that I couldn’t even sit down and watch TV without multitasking. It seems as if these days if I take time to watch TV I am either trying to work on five different things or am thinking about all I need to do instead of watching TV. It is a constant battle for me to not just rust through my busyness and forget to live my life. Every moment of life is precious and in light of so much recently I am realizing just how precious it is…so I need to take a big deep breath sit back and enjoy the tiny moments, the everyday moments, the not so glamorous moments, and be grateful for them all. However, when I let busyness rule my life and don’t live it this is what happens.

This week, I was on the phone with a dear friend. It took me several minutes in the middle of our conversation to realize she had asked me a question and if I am being honest, I have no idea what our conversation was about. Not only, was I talking on the phone but I was also filling out paperwork, looking up details needed on the computer and then I was still was trying to catch up with a dear friend. Sounds crazy-it was. The people in my life are so precious to me and I don’t want them to think I don’t care. Obviously I am imperfect and sometimes I don’t care for them well. However, I certainly don’t care for them well when my head is consumed with other details and I blatantly don’t focus on them.

The point is we all do it and I was reminded again this week how prone I am to seek glory from my busyness. The more busy I am,  the more important I feel and the more impact I feel I make. That couldn’t be further from the truth. When I my head is swarming with a million things, I don’t do any of them well or truly focus on those around me.  I have written before about the glorification of planning and it goes hand and hand with busyness. I think we all, myself included need a reminder to sit back and enjoy the moments of our life because they are passing all too quickly. And even more those of us who have struggled with Ed or other issues are so prone to the lies and the belief that we need those things when we are worn down. We have to be on guard not to step back into our old habits when life gets crazy. I am not immune to it and neither are you.

Even more, we need to take a moment, take a deep breath and enjoy the life we are living even in the mundane moments. There is nothing great about busyness. It will all get done and I have to remind myself that indeed I don’t need to solve the world’s or my own problems in a day. When I look back at my week, my best moments were those where I was really present and where I was focused on the here and now and was not consumed with where I was headed next or all I had to do. So my prayer this week is that I would sit back and enjoy more, little, not exciting, everyday moments, moments that show me that indeed I am really living and that my friend is my prayer for you too. May you enjoy all the little moments this week, take a break from the busyness and be grateful for this life.

So much love for you my friend!



26 thoughts on “Take A Break

  1. Such a great reminder to be PRESENT in the moment. I find myself multitasking all the time and yes, things get done, but I have no recollection of what is going on around me. That needs to stop!

  2. You just described my life. I’m not good at not being busy, but then I complain that I wish I had free time. It’s a vicious cycle. Thanks for the reminder to slow down a little.

  3. i do this too!! Doing it right now to be honest Hahahh
    But the my motto is to try and set aside at least one whole day to be fully present in my family life. No distractions just family all day 🙂

  4. Such a great reminder that sometimes you have to stop, slow down, and catch your breath. Don’t try or feel like you have to do it all 🙂 You’re already important so don’t feel like you need to your busyness to feel important.

  5. I have had to take a break off and on in my blogging career. It is always a great thing to do. A breather has helped me refocus and gain a better understanding of what I am going to offer. Look forwards to see what you come back ready to share.

  6. This is so true! My family had to take a break recently…we were just so ‘busy’ well being busy and it was starting to take it’s toll…we are back and refreshed. It’s amazing how a bit of time to focus can help…

  7. Great post! It is very easy to get caught up in life and work and it is more important to enjoy life! I remember years ago while I was on my first trip to Europe I was spead walking every where and just being a maniac! I had literally nothing planned so that way I could just venture around! I had to take a step back and ask myself why am I running crazy when I am in EUROPE on an AMAZING trip of a lifetime? I realized that I needed to work on calming my mind and body down! I also have been learning on saying the word NO! It really helps to cut back on the unnecessary things in my life! Thanks for sharing!

  8. That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling these past few weeks. I need a chance to sit down and catch my breathe but there is so much going on I’m afraid to stop and risk falling further behind.

  9. Once again, so, so perfect. I too feel “important” when I am busy. Sometimes, when I am alone, or slowed down, those are the moments when my anxieties pour back in, and I lose the joy of each moment. And so true. Even the most mundane moments can be some of the most valuable in our days. As work and family get busier, I feel like I am going a million things “okay” and just a few things “above average”, when I really should be working more on my priorities. THANK YOU for this, beautiful friend!! xoxo

    • THANK YOU my friend for always encouraging and making me smile with each comment (even if it has taken me FOREVER to read them 🙂 ) Means more than you’ll ever know!! xo MK

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