More than the patience wearing thin
More than a good night’s sleep
More than the long to-do list
More than the break we desperately need
More than the piles of work around
More than toys seen all over the room
More than a hundred other distractions
More than the continuous circle of routine
Everything can wait, let us give a few moments
Spouse, child or parents it may be
To nurture the bond we seek to build
Undivided attention is the best remedy
Do we laugh less as we grow up? Enjoy less? Listen to our favorite music less? In my experience, yes. Our experiences, choices, circumstances weigh us down. Even trivial things like daily commute to work, weather, minor disagreements with spouse, a snarky comment by colleague which otherwise we sort out easily, then seem big. Some days are like that. Grey through n through.
In those times, a joke, a favorite song, an inspirational quotation, a personal text from close but haven’t talked in ages kind of friend, a romantic one from your spouse, can act as a single ray of joy. It turns the whole day around. Problems don’t seem big anymore and we can let go some negative thoughts without overthinking. It has happened with me countless times. Think we should stock small joys like these for such days in advance.
As we grow into adulthood, accepting changes or rather embracing them whole-heartedly gets difficult. One thing I am getting to know in this new journey is to expect changes. Changes in your child’s behavior, diet, likes or dislikes, changes of routine and a thousand other things. And this change is dynamic. All of this reminds me of the book – Who moved my cheese. A simple story explaining a powerful principle. Change.