finding stillness in busyness
I miss the quiet of the holidays! I miss waking when my body is naturally pulled from sleep and lingering in our bed content to let my brain wander where it may. I miss those luxurious mornings where I didn’t have to get up and get ready to go anywhere. Instead, I chose to stay snuggled in my flannel sheets next to my sleeping husband for as long as I wanted, or until my cat, Piper, came calling to be fed.
I also miss the long morning conversations over tea with my husband sitting by the light of the Christmas tree. Playing games with the girls and snuggling my dog on the couch. This Christmas was definitely busier than we like, especially since we are preparing for some changes this spring, but we were all afforded some much-needed downtime and rest. Lots of quiet moments mixed in with the busyness.
Those quiet, restful moments recharged me and brought me more clarity. It reminded me of how important time to “just be” is in life. I feel better when I’m rested and not rushed from one activity to the next.
While life has returned to normal; work, dance, schedules, and routines, I find myself searching for more stillness in the busyness.
Instead of rushing to my office to write and work on my blog every morning, I often turn on the fireplace, plop down on the couch and snuggle Harry (our golden retriever). I am taking time to write, journal and sometimes even just to soak up the quiet house before the rest of the family start to make their way into the kitchen. It’s helping me feel more centered, calm and even more productive.
This year while I have set some lofty goals, I intend to carve out quiet times. A few minutes in the morning, silence in the car on my drive home from work, a walk with Harry to break up a busy day. I intend to rest more so when I arrive at my desk at home or school I will be bringing the best of me to my work. I will find pockets of stillness in the busyness of my life.