You guys. I’m not sure what happened in the last few weeks, but I have had quite the slow down and feel really good about it. Normally I halfheartedly try to push through these mindfulness efforts, knowing there will be benefits but feeling resentful about giving anything up. But for some reason, this has been a natural shift and easy to do.
Example: I’ve decided to savor the newest Louise Penny and am only reading 50 pages a day. It was difficult to hold myself to that limit for the first couple of days, but since then? I am contentedly putting the book down when I reach my 50 page mark. I want this Armand Gamache to last as long as possible because it will be a whole year until I can visit Three Pines again. Why rush it?
I have been quilting – just half an hour a day – and making progress on a languishing project. It has been fun and I am so close to having another finished quilt. I’ll keep plugging away, just a little at a time, until it’s done.
I have been cross-stitching. I picked up A Plump Wife for the first time in about a year and it still makes me laugh. I also started on The Flower a Day project — I picked this up because Mary was planning to do it for her 100 Day Project and I thought I might join along… but I decided to bow out at the last minute. Now it’s taking the place of my morning journaling – I have stitched on this for about 10 minutes each morning this week. So really – it’s become more like a flower in 4 days instead of a flower a day, but that’s okay. I don’t think anyone is timing me!
Normally I would worry about mania with all of these balls in the air, but this feels different. I don’t have that usual sense of urgency that accompanies that particular rush. I’m not hurrying through anything and have found that I’ve truly enjoyed the process of everything I’ve been working on.
It’s all so unusual and I’m embracing it while it lasts. So tell me — are you trying to embrace the slowness in your life? Or are you riding a wonderful wave of good things (because I’ve certainly relished being that position, too!)?
I hope you all continue to take good care and find ways to enjoy the weekend.