Savor the Moment

Slow Down!!!

Sometimes-you-will-never-know-the-value-of-a-moment-until-it-becomes-a-memoryI am as guilty as the next. I fill my to-do list in the morning, and even as I am dashing to complete it, my mind is strategically planning tomorrow’s. We live in a fast paced society and as we scurry about in the scuttle-buttle life we have created, filling our children’s precious minutes with lessons and homework and meetings —  passing our spouses like marathon runners handing over groceries, mail and errands with little more than a smile as we hustle to the next commitment —  what have we accomplished that will make this very day impressionable?

Reading top selling time management books like ”No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs: The Ultimate No Holds Barred Kick Butt Take No Prisoners Guide to Time Productivity and Sanity” (Kick Butt?) and “75 Productivity Apps and Tips To Get Things Done: Overcome Procrastination, Improve Time Management Skills, and Learn How to Be More Productive” (really, time management apps?) and “Time Warrior” (time is not the enemy) may improve time organizational skills, but if you are only going to use that time to run faster, then what have you gained?

I am sure you all remember what you had for breakfast, but did you savor the taste and the scent? Did you relish the beauty of the color of the fruit and savor the smell of your morning coffee? We are equipped with many senses, and those special sensations leave the impressions that prompt memories in days ahead.

As you walked out the door on the way to work, you may have noticed if the day was sunny or overcast, but can you remember what the clouds looked like? Were they wispy, billowy or was the sky clear and blue? Noticing these small details in our lives prompt clarity, and with clarity we are able to let splendid ideas surface. Ideas and thoughts are restrained and muted by the action of trying too hard and running too fast.

quotes-present-moment-realize-eckhart-tolle-480x480How many times did your child say “Daddy” or “Mommy” before you paused from your labors and responded? Did you answer sharply as you breezed past, or did you make eye contact and delight in the beauty of that young face and flourishing curiosity? When that sticky little hand reached for yours, did you slow down your stride so their little legs could keep up? Or did you swoop them up so that the race you are running with time continues and carries them away as well? What are we teaching our children about the quality of life? What will we remember in our old age when the only thing with any significance is the memories that we have tenderly stored away?

Without down playing the importance of time management and living a busy and substantial life, I still understand that if we fill our days with so much…without stopping to feel the satisfaction of the results, then we have accomplished nothing.Living my life with moderation and balance has much to offer. Passionately, I collect and stow away a cache of memories that will offer comfort on a cold hard day.

Trying to feel and appreciate the grandeur of this world,  I often fail —  even with this calculated intent.  I feel the minutes slip-slipping away. I stop, breathe and ponder. But then the phone rings and my focus is broken and the race continues. The instinct to run is stronger than the urge to linger. Only a disciplined heart will resist the competition with time and gather something simple and gentle into a profound moment of peace.

How do we make these treasured moments last longer? What strategy do you use to gather the moments into memories, sealing them away like a squirrel with nuts to nourish our souls at our time of need? Please share your thoughts and ideas on  “Savoring the Moments” with my readers in the comments area below and perhaps, while in this mode of thought, a distinctive memory will surface and bring a smile and a feeling of peace into your heart.

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Comments

  • Trissie Haws

    August 16, 2015 at 1:11 am Reply

    This is so beautiful barb! To often we all get caught up in the chaos of this world and forget the little things… I think has a mother, this is the most useful tool. Slowing down and taking the time to embrace every minute as your child grows, cause Lord knows they grow so fast! Thanks for the great read and reminder to slow down and shine light on all the blessing in my life! Sending you love and peace!

    • Barb

      August 25, 2015 at 10:55 pm Reply

      Yes, Trissie, it seems like yesterday when I was your age. A young Momma with a beautiful growing toddler. It is strange, but nice to experience the different seasons in a lifetime, but my favorite will always be motherhood and the blessing that came with it. I am so glad you recognize your many blessings…this you will keep forever!
      Cheers!
      Barb

  • Mary Wright

    August 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm Reply

    My sister….my hero! Thank you for these beautiful words, life is indeed so full of simply trying to keep up that I so often am discouraged and tend to dwell on negative thoughts. You so often reach out to me with your words and your time and remind me that life is so full of beauty and blessings. When I watch the sunset tonight, or hug one of my grandkids, I will remember the words you have written here and I will enjoy life a little more!
    I love you sis!!

    • Barb

      August 13, 2015 at 7:20 pm Reply

      You are so special and are such a good Grandma and blessing to all your kiddos that you are the example!

  • Kristen

    August 13, 2015 at 1:32 am Reply

    I had an awful day yesterday. I left home at 6:30 for what was supposed to be a simple direct flight from Phoenix to Kansas City. However the Arizona monsoons had a different plan in mind. I was first stuck in Phoenix sky Harbor Airport and then rerouted to Vegas where I was stuck in Vegas for a few more hours and eventually made it to Kansas City at 2 AM with my meeting starting at seven. I was frustrated and extremely tired ,but when I left the Vegas airport I look down from above the clouds onto the setting sun. I took that deep breath, and savored that peaceful beautiful moment. I love reading your blog! Helps remind me that moments are gone so quick, and to stop for the little feet and sticky hands, and “Mom mom mom mom mom, ummmm I love you”
    Btw Mom, I love you.

    • Barb

      August 13, 2015 at 3:08 am Reply

      Dearest Krissy,
      Thank you for your continual support. You, of all people run as hard and fast as you are able, but still take the time to read my nonsense! I love and appreciate you for the blessing that you are. I hope the rest of your trip is fruitful and without delays. You are very strong and brave to take on the world the way that you do. I am proud of you!
      Cheers!
      Mom

  • Braden Johnson

    August 13, 2015 at 1:10 am Reply

    Oh, Mama Clark. I find myself doing just this same thing. I am a runner from sun up to way past sun down. I believe I try to utilize 30 hours out of 24 hours a day. I push myself to the limit, and then some, and seem to run on past what really matters to me. However, earlier this summer I had an eye opening experience that slowed me down to a slow paced walk. While vacationing down in California I fell and dislocated my shoulder on the most beautifully hidden, spectacular beach. 5 days later I dislocated my shoulder yet again in sleep. After being, what felt like, reduced to nothing and having the overbearing feeling of not being able to do anything at all. I finally took it as sign to slow down and enjoy the very feelings you wrote about. I finally stepped back and enjoyed my young nieces and nephews, enjoyed some down time with friends, and I truly believe it opened my eyes to what I’ve been missing. Sadly most people will love their lives without having an eye opening experience that will change them until it’s too late.

    I love you, and I love this blog. Keep on keeping on.

    Best,
    Braden Johnson.

    P.S.

    Sorry for the horrific grammar. I’m writing this from my iPhone and it can be not so advantageous at times.

    • Barb

      August 13, 2015 at 1:16 am Reply

      Dear Braden,
      You are so lucky to value this “savoring” experience at such a young age. One thing I have learned is that the older I get, the faster it goes…You made my day by replying! Please share and thanks! I will definitely put your name in for the drawing. Take good care of my baby sista! Love ya all!
      Cheers!
      Barb

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