Slowing down

Did you know that the ride-on-gophers have two speeds?  There is the tortoise speed and then the rabbit speed. One can move around at tortoise speed, or go up to rabbit speed.  If things are getting out of hand, the switch can easily be flicked back to tortoise speed.

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Photo Credit: warrenphotographic.co.uk

I was thinking that wouldn’t it be nice if life was like that? If we could have the ability to easily switch between speeds, to pace ourselves.  I know as a Mum I am not much use to my family and others, if I have been in rabbit speed for too long! I know my children sometimes need practice changing speeds. In life it is not always as easy to just move the switch to change speeds.

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Photo Credit: myworldmyspec.com

I came across this blog the other day and wanted to include it here, maybe it will help you and your family switch from rabbit speed to tortoise speed. (From ‘The art of simple’ by Brooke McAlary)

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“We will always have something else to do or somewhere else to be.

Choose to stop anyway.

The truth is, it doesn’t take much time. You could:

  • Take ten deep, slow breaths. Breath in, count slowly to five. Hold for five. Out for five.
  • Spend two minutes sitting quietly, carefully taking stock of each of your senses.
  • Find your kids and play a joy-filled game of hide and seek.
  • Go outside and stare at the clouds.
  • Bend down and get your hands in the dirt. Plant something. Water something. Revel in the vitality of being.
  • Stretch.
  • Make a list of things you are grateful for.
  • Write a poem. Draw a picture. Create, with no agenda in mind.
  • Have a nap in the middle of the day. Just because.

The ‘secret’ to slowing down is simply to slow down.

It is that simple. And that difficult.”

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Be still..

It seems there are many of us trying to slow down and simplify in this busy world.

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I know that my readers of this bog come from different backgrounds and I am so thankful for all of you and value each one of you. I understand if some of you are not interested in the following information which links to a strongly Christian blog….or you might be!

The day after writing the last blog I was reading a Christian blog ‘Chatting at the Sky’ that was looking at similar themes of slowing down in the hustle and bustle. Emily Freeman the writer is launching a book, but along with it there are a few videos that lost only 4 or so minutes.  I have only seen the first 2, but I found they resonated with my soul and the whole idea of ‘mindfulness’ from a Christian perspective. They have encouraged me to slow down and take some ‘simple’ moments.

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So, if you are interested click here.
Chatting at the Sky

May you find a moment to let your soul breath today.
R x

A thought for the weekend – beauty

As we waited patiently – or perhaps not so patiently – behind a grimy, black, dirty mini garbage truck on the way to school, two of my boys at the same time exclaimed “Look at that flower!” I couldn’t see anything so my response was ‘Where?’  As the truck took the corner, I too could see it. On the side of the grotty looking truck someone had wedged a fake bright pink gerbera flower. It looked stunning.

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photo credit: bigwol.com

This weekend may you and your children see some beauty amongst the everyday,
some beauty amongst the business,
some beauty as you are waiting,
some beauty in the noise,
some beauty in the quiet –
beauty is all around, waiting to be found.

May you take time to focus on what is good, true and beautiful, even if it is surrounded by grime.

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Simple ideas that make a difference

I really enjoy the Christmas season. But, sometimes I get to the end of the day and realise that I have not given as much attention as I would have liked to my own kids.

Christmas for some is a time of big family gatherings, for others it is a more intimate affair. Sometimes it is difficult to find that mind-space and time to savour the moment and love those close to you.

I read a blog titled “7 simple ways to make the most important people in your life feel important.”

Below is my brief summary of it that I have pinned on my wall. May you too find it encouraging, helpful and  practical as you love those around you during this blessed time of the year.

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Thought for the weekend.. number 2

This weekend I had a little trouble with my publishing! (Purely human error).  One blog got published which means the email subscribers received it and then I decided to change the photos and that blog then got lost! Thus, a second blog was written which I am now publishing!

Thank you so much, you email followers I really appreciate your support, and may you enjoy 2 thoughts for this weekend.

 

“Enjoy the little things in life for one day you will look back and realise they were the big things. (an anonymous saying)

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Practise what you preach…

“Do you practise what you preach?”  was the thoughtful question my gorgeous sister asked me last night as we ‘vibered’ back and forth from Australia to Ethiopia.

“Great question” was my response.  “You have made me realise that the reason I believe in my blog is because I have been trying to practice what I preach and it has actually made such a difference to me, my kids and my teaching. So, even when I wonder if I am doing the right thing and check how many followers I have or even share my blog address with someone and the result is a blank face, I keep blogging because I know it makes a difference”.

My sister then wanted to know “What things have made the biggest difference? I am really interested.”

So, today my blog is the answer to that question.

*Searching for treasure.  At different times we now stop to ask ‘What treasures have we experienced?’ (‘Hunting the good stuff’ is the other term) This is not just done at the end of the day but even when driving in the car.

*Living for the moment.  We have noticed our surroundings a lot more. Things like clouds, blossom, trees…that refocusing amongst the busy times and pace.

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The roses and clouds I saw as I ate my lunch in the backyard
photo credit: rebekah bleby

*We have all realised the importance of play and at different times slot in small moments to enjoy. The Uno cards have made a big come back in our home.

*The reiterated knowledge that relationships are really what it is all about and that in this techno world we need to disconnect to connect.  One  way of doing this, is that as Spring has sprung we have together as a family walked to feed ducks together and be.

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photo credit: rebekah bleby

*Undivided attention. This has been a lot harder than I thought, but the desire and the effort is there to listen more carefully to conversations and those comments that kids give when they are actually giving me a privileged window into their world.

*I think a lot more about positive emotions, what they are, how they look in everyday experiences, especially when things go wrong or are difficult.

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My 12 year old painted this for me to put near my desk! (spelling error and all)

*Life is not always about succeeding and taking the safest option, but it is also about experimenting and being willing to explore options. It is about having grit when the going gets tough.

There is much more than this, but enough for now.

Overall, my writing and sharing on this blog has brought an awareness of the way I am perceiving things and it seems like my thoughts are slowly being rewired in a more positive way. But, not just me. My family are reading the blog, they are taking it on board, they give feedback and at times quote it back to me!! I love it and just want to share it with others and help make a difference.