While You Were Sleeping

"Once again, I am reminded of valuable life lessons through my almost 3-year-old. Incredible."

One of the most beautiful things a parent can do, is watch your baby sleeping. It opens up a world of thoughts and emotions.

Today, I came to wake you up for your weekly swimming lesson. You love swimming, I hear all about it when you get home after each lesson. You swim like a mermaid, that’s what you always tell me. Today, as I sat down on your bed to wake you up, a world of feelings ran through me. You looked so calm and peaceful. I rushed to the office to grab my camera, opened your curtain just a little to let in some natural light and snapped a picture of you.

In this moment I realized something. In the rush of the world we live in today, it is hard to keep our minds on a good mental balance. We are all so fixated on tasks and lists, and just trying to get things done, that we rarely stop to soak in the present moment. I get it, life is crazy sometimes, but 5 minutes of freeing your mind of clutter can have a significant impact on your day, and allow you to marvel in how beautiful life is and the things that really matter.

When was the last time you sat in silence? When was the last time you removed the clutter from your mind and just sat in a moment of reflection?

I recently came across an article that posted these questions:

  • How often do you enjoy your work? Or are you too busy thinking about getting it finished by the deadline to give yourself a chance to enjoy it?

  • Are you so stressed out trying to do your best work to impress your boss that you prevent yourself from being able to perform at your highest potential anyway?

  • Are you so distracted by thoughts of Monday morning that you spoil the time spent with your children on the weekend?

  • Are you so caught up in regrets of the past that you prevent opportunity blossoming in the present?

  • Are the opinions of others, formed through actions you took in the past, preventing you from being who you (are) want to be in the present?

It all boils down to how we choose to spend our time and what we allow to hijack our thoughts. The concept of time deludes us into concerning ourselves with its passing and impending arrival. This stops us from enjoying this “presence” we feel, and forces us into habits, that very quickly become a normal pattern of what is not supposed to be normal in the first place.

Here is my challenge to myself and to you: Sit in silence. Become aware of your thoughts. I mean REALLY aware.

Take a walk with your family, sit at the end of the bed while your baby is sleeping and just close your eyes. Notice the world around you. Become comfortable with the silence and stillness. It'll do you a world of good - and takes just five minutes!

By taking control of how we spend our time and what we allow our thoughts to dwell on, can change a person's entire life. We are all striving for that clear-cut thought process, and to achieve that, we merely need to become more in tune with our thoughts.

Once again, I am reminded of valuable life lessons through my almost 3-year-old. Incredible.

“What day is it?"

It's today," squeaked Piglet.

My favorite day," said Pooh.”

― A.A. Milne