Thursday, October 11, 2012

Slow Down & Live in the Moment


I'm leading a ladies book study of my friend, Elaine Miller's book, We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can.  We are on chapter four which is entitled, "Loosen Up!"  The ladies and I talked about ways to be less uptight and more fun-loving.  


I struggle with this.  I am wound tighter than a top sometimes.  I tend to allow myself to fly off the handle at very little things.  Then my home becomes a war-zone, littered with the wounds that I inflicted on all around me. I'm not proud of it.


Generally when I'm anxious about something, I focus on that and beware the family member who interrupts me in the midst of my worrying.

Yet, I can worry myself right out of joy.  Right out of happiness.  Right out of living in the moment.


Ann Voskamp had a quote on her blog this morning (her blog, A Holy Experience is on my sidebar).  She said,"In hurrying for more happiness, you can hurry right past it."   This is true in my life.  I race through my day with break-neck speed and race right past the little moments that could bring me peace.  I race past the joy.  Race past the happy moments.


So today, I want to slow down.  Breathe.  Enjoy the moment.