The following is a guest post by Angie at The Creative Mama.
It seems to me that in the
business of my every day life, cutting corners is a pretty normal occurrence.
I'm not talking about cutting someone off in the grocery line, or even pulling
out in front of that slow-moving car. I'm referring to the tiny moments that so
quickly pass by as I hurry from one task to another.
The invitation from my son to dance around the room with him, or my sister's phone call early in the morning - these seem so insignificant at the time, and I'm guilty of passing them up on occasion.
Looking back in the still of the night over my day, it's
so easy to feel regret. Did I take advantage of the still, quiet moments?
sure to drink up all that my children had to offer, did I get in touch with the
friend who desperately needed encouragement?
Though my to-do list may be full, my heart simply isn't unless it has been
filled with the joy and contentment of being around those I love.
quality moments savoring my freshly bathed child's hair, or watching how happy
the baby is to see Daddy walk through the door. I have to constantly remind
myself to soak in the here and now, to be watchful of cutting corners.
worth it in the end to have checked off all of my to-dos, have a spotless
floor, and a glorious dinner on the table if it means I've lost touch with the
precious beings that call me Mama?
The balancing act is a tough one, but I am
constantly aware of where I stand. So often I have to sit back and reassess,
drop some of the balls I'm juggling.
I find it comforting to know that we are
all on a similar journey - trying to do our best and enjoy the process!
***Angie Warren is married to a baseball loving man, and mama to two little boys. She is the editor and founder of The Creative Mama, as well as a child photographer in the beautiful Bay Area, CA.***
Do you find yourself taking in the here and now, savoring the big AND little things? Do share, I'd love to hear how others are working towards 'The Balancing Act.'