Here we are again. Doesn’t it feel like it was Friday a mere five minutes ago? It does for me. As I sit down to write this post after a whirlwind weekend, I’m struck by how fast time has gone. And I’m not talking about the past week or so. It seems like just yesterday I was making my New Year’s resolutions, and now here we are at the end of May.
Rather than saying I need time itself to slow down, which I say a lot (and it doesn’t seem to be working for me), what about if we made a conscious effort to hit the pause button every now and then? Life can get busy between school, work, social events, friends, family, and let’s not even talk about all those chores that come with being an adult. But I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.
So, what can we do about it? I spend lots of time watching dates pass on the calendar, yet I remember precious little of what my week actually consisted of. My weeks can get busy making sure that everything on my to-do list is crossed off and that others are taken care of, and often I forget to make time for myself. Before I know it, we are at the end of the week or beginning a new one…and the cycle continues.
When I came across the quote for today’s Monday Mantra, it reminded me of the importance of hitting the figurative pause button in our mind. Life, by nature, is fast-paced. But only we can truly control our time — and how we spend it. If we move through our busy days with blinders — solely focused on what we have to do and what’s in front of us, we will inevitably miss those precious moments that make up our lives.
This week, I challenge you to do something special that makes you want to stop and look around. It could be taking a walk in the park on a summer-like day in May or grabbing a mid-week coffee at your favorite spot. When the week is over and you are reflecting, think of that moment and allow it to bring a smile to your face.
How do you hit the pause button in your own life?