I've been really trying hard lately to take life slowly. You know when you are living on a Monday, and you say to yourself, "I can't wait until Wednesday!" and basically you just pass through Monday and Tuesday with not much productivity or memories because all you can think about is Wednesday. And, when Wednesday rolls around, it's fun, exciting, eventful, whatever, but I just try to ask myself why Monday and Tuesday couldn't have been just as fun.

So, whenever I have thoughts at work like, "I wish time would just go faster! I wanna get out of here!" I remind myself why I am working, and just to be grateful. I can't control time.

Whenever I'm lounging around just waiting for 3 o'clock to roll around because I have some event to go to, I wonder what I am doing before 3 that can possibly be just as meaningful, or am I just wasting the time away beforehand?

Whenever I say, "I wish it was Michael's bed time right now!" I remind myself that it's okay to slow down and focus on the now.

Although I have been less than perfect at journal writing since I got married, I still have found it immensely useful when I write more than once a week. The memories, feelings associated with the events are all stored to be kept and read for a long time. They are also fun to read with 20/20 hindsight. When I slow down in life, I also seem to have much more to write about because my days don't seem as "boring" (which even if you think they are, write anyway).

Anyway, it's all just thoughts in the making, but I've felt a little more satisfaction and less anxiety day to day just by slowing down.


Amy said...

I like this post! Reminds me to live in the moment and cherish it! Time goes by WAY to quickly!

Thanks for the post!

CIB said...

So... why are you so excited for a Weds? Was there something special going on today? I can see wanting it to be Fri, or Sat, but Weds?

Diana said...

CIB-It can relate to any day of the week. I just chose Wednesday out of random. "the weekend" is a good example though, because how many times do you hear people say, "I can't wait until the weekend!" But, why not enjoy the whole week along the way?

Anyway, like Amy said, I have just tried to cherish everyday, because life is short.

The Wendler Family said...

Thanks for writing this Diana. What a great reminder for me and everyone else who reads your blog.
I find myself needing to "slow down" like you do. Why is it so hard?
I was talking to my mom about our sacrament meeting and one of the talks mentioned enjoying where you are in your life at the moment. You can look forward to things, but if you have your life centered in the gospel you can have joy now and always no matter what your circumstance.
For me, its keeping my life centered on the gospel and realizing that the day to day things I do all the time are worth it and mean something today.

Anna said...

good post D. great reminder. i find myself doing the same things often. thanks for the reminder to like in the now.

RORYJEAN said...

I need to work on doing this, too. I keep saying "I can't wait until we are moved, the house is done, the baby is born, etc. etc." I need to live in the now- I'm always waiting for the next thing to get done. Thanks for the reminder to take it one moment at a time.

Alison said...

This is very profound, thanks for sharing.

An Ordinary Mom said...

I need to adopt your wisdom.

Calley said...

I feel like I want to print this post and put it in my mirror or something. Because sometimes I feel like Adam Sandler on that one two-star movie, Click. I need to sloooow down too.