I used to be a fan of multitasking, but not anymore. Ask me 10 years ago when I was struggling with perfectionist tendencies I thought multitasking was the thing to do. I thought it was the answer to getting stuff done and moving forward- getting ahead.
Not anymore. My mind has changed.
While I was embracing the moment of holding my daughter close to my chest and capturing first hand each and every little face she made, (especially the one I called “superwoman”), that’s when it hit me harder than it ever has before.
It hit me that life is precious. It hit me that enjoying each and every moment is what life is all about. It hit me that slowing down and being present plays a big part in my peace and well-being.
There’s definitely times that call for staying on top of things- I get that- but, on a deeper level, it’s not about how many things I can get done in a day. It’s not about how perfectly clean or tidy everything needs to be. And it’s not about constantly thinking about the next thing.
It’s all about embracing the here and now. It’s all about living the life that’s right in front of you and it’s all about- hate to say it, but love to say it- stopping to smell the roses.
When we are able to slow down and embrace the here and now we don’t live in the past and we also don’t live in the future. Our minds begin to quiet, our thoughts settle down and our love shines through. We start to see the world in a deeper way- as it’s meant to be seen- versus how our busy mind dictates it when we’re feeling unsettled.
When we’re constantly running around, living in the past or jumping into the future wondering what’s next, it can be easy to miss what’s right in front of you. It can be easy to get caught up in our thinking and view the world through a filtered lens. It can be easy to overshadow our being where we truly see and experience the world and life as it is.
We end up spending time in our thinking over time in our feeling.
I’m not saying there’s never a time for multi-tasking, just that sometimes slowing down, taking a breath and and stepping back can help us see things in a deeper way- from a new perspective.
And from that new perspective can come just what we need.
What would your life be like if you slowed down?