So, last night I got a call from my son’s summer camp, asking if we’re planning to send him back in August. Later, I found myself researching houses in Cape Cod, because if we want to go this summer, we need to book a place soon or there won’t be anywhere left to stay (or so I’ve been told). And then it hit me. It’s January! I’m still in turtlenecks and fuzzy slippers. What about today? Now. This moment. When do I focus on that?
I hear from friends and clients all the time that today’s pace is too fast, and that they often feel harried and hassled, tired and down. (Not to mention, worried that loved ones are affected by the pace we’re all moving at, too.) Can this really be healthy?
Here’s what you do. Take a few minutes to stop. Breathe. Close the door to your bedroom and sit down (I find that I don’t sit much these days – do you?). Shut your eyes and count; listen to your breath. Or, if sitting really isn’t your thing, grab the dog or your child or an iPod and head out for a walk – 10 minutes, 20 minutes. Doesn’t have to be long (here’s a link to tips for walking.)
The thing is, in today’s fast-paced world, it takes effort to pause. There’s always a lot to do, or so it seems. But when you take a step back, you start to realize, do all those things really need to be done immediately? Can the dishes wait while you dance with the kids? (They’ll probably still be there when you’re done.) Can dinner wait 15 minutes while you head out for a walk? Can you carve time out for the gym or yoga? It’ll make the rest of the day more productive and enjoyable.
So I’m going to work on bringing myself back to this moment, today, now. Tomorrow will bring whatever it brings, and I’ll deal with it then.