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Breathe

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Breathe

We’ve all heard and scene this word used in a myriad of ways. For now, I’d like to focus on just one.

breathe: to pause and rest before continuing

I rather like this definition of the word. Simple, yet packs a punch. How many times do we burst forth in our day without breathing? In fact, I’d like to suggest that oftentimes we believe the age-old saying “the early bird gets the worm” so much so, that it’s almost as if we’re shot out of a cannon from the moment we awake to the moment we close our eyes at the end of the day. We pump ourselves full of caffeine just to propel us through the day. It’s not that I’m against accomplishing¬† tasks, I just think it’s beneficial to take a deep breath before jumping into them. Focus is often the missing ingredient, which is where breathing comes in to play.

Stopping to breathe is beneficial to the mind as it helps us to focus on what’s really important, sometimes even re-grouping or changing plans. For me, it’s important to seek God and His wisdom before jumping into anything. An over-zealous task master may skip right on over this crucial part, in an effort to make the most of every last second. Sometimes, there are divine appointments, even divine interruptions to the day. If we are too focused on the ever-growing “to do list,” we may very possibly miss out on what just may be the most important event of the day!

What do you have to lose? Try it! See if you don’t have a better, clearer, more effective picture of your day after stopping to breathe.

 

P & Q

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P & Q

Ahhhhh! How I dearly love it. I don’t get as much as I’d like but I do try to build it in to my schedule as much as possible. How about you? Are you running low in the P & Q department? Surely you know what I’m talking about. “P & Q”, short for peace & quiet. I’m enjoying a little of it right at this moment while my “Little” is otherwise engaged. He’s as happy as a clown and so is this Mama!!

Admittedly, I don’t take advantage of grabbing P & Q moments like I should. My husband is super great about offering me the time, but I always feel so torn. Torn because I’ve missed being with him all day and at the same time, I know it’d be good for me to get out and stroll the grocery store with a cup of coffee, if nothing else.¬† We all need to take breaks throughout our day. My standard break is during my son’s nap. If I’m not curled up myself for a little respite, then I’m reading a book or cooking supper or catching up on a TV program I’ve recorded.

Back when I was a working girl, I remember feeling guilty about taking breaks as well. Deadlines were breathing down my neck and I surely didn’t want to have to work late, so oftentimes, I lunched at my desk and kept on working. So not good! I found that the stress crept in more and more and it was no one’s fault but mine. My husband would even call during the day to check on me to see if I was taking a much-needed break; he knew I was desperate for a respite from the pressures of work.¬† A stroll around the building or a walk up and down the stairs, or even sitting outside in the car for some Vitamin D can do miracles for your psyche. Ironically, nowadays, I find myself encouraging my husband to take much-needed breaks during his crazy busy, schedule-driven work day.

While stress in the home is different, it is present nonetheless. It’s vitally important to take a break from the demands of your time and energy to just rest. It is okay to rest. I frequently hear Mom friends say there is no way they can rest; they have too much on their plate. I know I do! I also know I am a better Mom when I stop and take a break. I used to feel guilty for not accomplishing anything during this “free” time I had when my “to do” list was never ending. No longer do I feel this way! I found I’m more patient, at peace, and in a much better frame of mind if I take some time for me.

Once my son wakes from his nap, I’m on duty again. I feel refreshed and ready to take on toddler talk and toddler energy once again with much less frustration and irritability! I find that when my husband is home, after we’ve had our supper, many times, that is when I’ll work on my many chores such as laundry, cleaning, dishes, etc. At the same time, my husband is engaging with our son. It is their special time together to play outside, read a book, take a bath or ride their bicycles.

Lesson for the day: Don’t run yourself into the ground and deny yourself a much-needed break. Your husband and child(ren) will probably thank you for it!