“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.” ― Lao Tzu
The other day, instead of rushing my daughters’ upstairs for pajamas and bed, they asked to go play in the rain. I said yes, reluctantly. And, once again, I learned the value of making space for living in the moment.
They were outside in the rain for a long time — at least a half hour. They had rain coats on and they ran and jumped in puddles, rushing and saving worms from drowning on the tiny sidewalk rivers. I think about this moment a lot, especially when I realize I want more of these moments, not less.
I want more living.
More time for spontaneous surprises that have never happened before.
More time to do what feels good and less time for what doesn’t.
In her new book, “Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time,” Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte talks about that flow we all desire that includes long stretches of free time. She she calls it time serenity.
How do we balance everything that needs to be done with leaving more space — more serenity — for the good stuff?
Savoring Slow walks you through the how to savor the slow family moments.
By building a habit of creating space in our days — and our minds — for savoring the slow we are building a lifetime of creating amazing opportunities for ourselves and our children.
So, perhaps, I’ve saved the best for last. I’ve given you all the tools I know to enjoy today for what it is, and now I’m going to try and convince you to actually carve out the space in your day for these things that matter to you.
Physically making space for Savoring Slow
I love to create places and spaces that inspire creativity and stillness and peace in our home.
In our home, we have a chalkboard on the door from our kitchen to the garage. We have a peace corner. We have an art cabinet. A writing box. A storytelling basket. A reading nook.
And I love to see my daughters create their own special spaces, too.
In fact, just today as I write this, the hallway leading to my room was decorated with a trail of stale jelly beans they found hidden in a nook of something and a baby doll seated next to a candle now graces my bathroom sink.
Creating nooks and crannies that offer a place to sit quietly, reflect and create as a family is one of my favorite tools for practicing living an awake life, especially at home. These special family spaces are cozy and peaceful and open to conversation and spending time together. The best spaces are the ones where there will be no distractions of a television or a computer.
It’s when we sit in this kind of stillness together and laugh in joy when we feel what a slower life can do for our family’s well being.
Savoring Slow Invitation: Create a family space that speaks of Savoring Slow. Create one inside and outside when the weather permits. Once it’s created, use it for what it is intended. Make a point to sit in that space and be still as often as possible. This is a great space to pause, journal and reflect on the abundance in your life.