Slowing Down

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you know that I’m not so good at going slow. I need to cram my days full of activities, “to dos” and everything else in between. This gives me a feeling of accomplishment and I thrive on being organized and getting lots of stuff “done”.

Well you know what – I just can’t do this anymore. It took a couple weeks of this frenetic pace that included long days at the office, early morning work-outs, after work skis, errands, and house stuff for me to realize (and finally listen to Marc) that I’m not doing myself or anyone else any favours with this “do it all now” mindset.

Normally I have a power yoga class every Tuesday and Thursday morning. I really enjoy this class and it is nice to get in some yoga before starting the work day. I should be on my way to the class right now. But today I’m not going. I decided to have a leisurely morning – eat my breakfast at home, enjoy a cup of tea and just sit. This is super refreshing.

I realized this morning that I’ve been trying to do too much. I think this came from my attitude of wanting to get the most out of every day – something I wholeheartedly believe in. But as I’ve learned sometimes this means doing nothing – just relaxing, sitting, reading and appreciating being able to make such choices.

I had wanted to go skiing tonight after work but – I’m not going. Marc convinced me that this wasn’t smart – this was after listening to me be a grouch and complaining about I have so much to do. Yes, sometimes it is easy to lose sight of what it means to “get the most out of everyday” – if trying to cram in multiple sports, chores and other commitments makes me grumpy and not that great to be around then really what’s the point?

So today is “slow down Thursday”. A chance to appreciate and recognize that I’m lucky to be able to do so much – but that I don’t have to do it all today.

(I’m super lucky to have super patient Marc to set me straight and to show me when I’m being rather “crazy”.)

4 thoughts on “Slowing Down

  1. Enjoy it. Like you – I am often moving at about 100 mph. Sometimes it is just as important to sit and watch the world go by. Not only for a mental break, but also for a physical one. Now, how do I get this message across to Mike? :)

  2. Cathy, I have to say Thursday was very refreshing. No rushing around and I even ate supper at a normal hour. I think it helped me ski better on Friday and I managed to keep this “not rushing” pace through out the weekend. Well, as for Mike – you’ve got someone who is moving at 120 mph! Hope you had a good weekend.

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