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Sorry I have been gone for a few days, I came down with a lovely SUMMER cold last week. In all honesty, every day I question why I did not grow up about eighty years ago rather than now. Granted there are a lot of present day things that I like, that’s all they are things. I met with an old friend Friday and we talked about how we wished everyone just went back to basics, and focused on things that really mattered, instead of trying to make the most money to buy all the fancy nice things. Let’s just go back to living the simple life!
I would love to go back to the day when everyone had their own gardens and grew their own food. A lot of people look at it as a luxury to be able to go to the grocery store and purchase a wide array of different produce items. I on the other hand prefer to know where my produce comes from, or at least know that it was grown without pesticides that can be potentially harmful to my family. Each week I choose to visit different grocery stores to make this happen for my family, but I wish I had enough space to grow a garden and do this at home (I’m thinking this or this might be in our future). Now everything is about convenience, and if something isn’t convenient people don’t have the time for it.
Time, ever notice that everyone seems to have so little of it anymore?
- “Can you hurry up, I am late for my yoga class”
- “Hurry up little Johnny, we have to go to the grocery store, pick up dinner, and go get your sister from dance class”
- “I don’t have time to look around, I’m in a hurry”
If I could have just a nickel for each time I heard someone say the words I’m late or in a hurry I wouldn’t have to plan so much to buy all organic food for my family. No one has time anymore to do things because everyone is busy trying to fit too many things into their schedule. Being a stay at home mom has really allowed me to “stop and smell the roses” if you will. It has showed me to live my life at a much slower and relaxed pace not worrying about all the hustle and bustle around me.
We like to take walks with our son and see him stop and look at bugs on the side walk or listen to an interesting bird we might not have noticed. We like to go grocery shopping and he pretends to pick stuff out and put it in the cart (he loves to practice with this cart at home). We make memories and I am so thankful for them. Now I wish all the other parents would just put down their smart devices and the ones they have given their kids and just live a little in the moment, taking in all that is around us, and not just having screen time. We could all learn from the world around us.
I also think another important thing to a happy life is faith. We talked about how it’s not necessarily important what you believe in but to have something bigger than you to believe in. Faith for everyone looks different. Making it a part of our life is important to us. As a family we do pray before we sit down and eat together, we pray before bed, we go to church and we have books that incorporate our beliefs for our son to be exposed to. It warms our heart when we ask him to say prayer at dinner and he steps up to do so or we ask him at bed what he is thankful for and he rattles something off that means a lot to him. It makes me have a little glimpse of hope into the future of our society, all it takes are parents to raise their kids with love and respect.
So after having that conversation on Friday, I must say I felt as though I lived my life a little differently this weekend. Taking every opportunity to take in my surroundings and spend loving time with my family. I challenge you this week, try to do things a little different. Try an organic vegetable or fruit at the grocery store. Contrary to what a lot of people believe they aren’t “weird” or “different” chances are they probably taste like you remember fruits and vegetables tasting as a kid. Think about disconnecting a little with your family. Turn in the electronic devices and take a walk outside instead of having screen time. Or take a moment to pause and reflect on things that you are thankful for in life. We all can agree that we have things to be thankful for. Have a great week, ENJOY!