Today is the day to remember to live life with Joie de Vivre. Step off the merry go round of the constant to do list and smell the roses.
In the midst of this most busy summer (as I am trying to get the house “together” and the blog “together” and getting all those appointments in before the start of school) I am taking a moment to take a breath. The key for me is that I need to remember that it doesn’t need to be a large chunk of time. Just a few stolen minutes. No technology please. Surfing the web or Pinterest, while very enjoyable, has nothing to do with reconnecting and smelling the roses.
For my break today, roses on the kitchen table, a glass of lemonade and 15 minutes to reflect and take a breath. It is so easy to race through life without a sideways glance. Forward, forward, forward. It is rather amazing how such a little act can transform a day. It is what Joie de Vivre is for me. The reminder to step off life’s treadmill and take a moment to enjoy this beautiful summer day.
It can be hard to take a moment to be quiet when it always seems there are many things which require our “immediate” attention. It is amazing to realize how just a few minutes of stillness can refocus us. Even five minutes can do wonders. If nothing else, I just close my eyes and breathe. Biggest thing for me is to either turn my phone OFF or walk away from it entirely because if near me and on it is nearly irresistible. Five minutes minimum and I feel like a new woman. I usually take the time in the afternoon when my energy is lower anyway (that 3 o’clock slump is real for me).
Is there something you do to reconnect when there isn’t much time? Meditation? A cup of tea on the porch? A short walk?