In my readings over the past few days I have come across this word a number of times, ‘don’t’. You see, we live in a society that is all about doing. The mantra is, ‘if you want something go out and get it’.
We have had a pause here, an extra day of rest. A bonus on the end of our weekend that has allowed us just to chill and mellow with the family.
But so often we fill up these days too: “Woohoo, a holiday! Ok let’s tackle the jungle we call a garden; pick out the new paint sample for the lounge; redecorate one of the girl’s bedrooms; and cook the three course meal that we can’t do on a regular week night.” … Or is that just me?!
I was having coffee with a friend the other day and I was struck by her bangle inscribed with “live in the moment”. It initiated a conversation about just that topic and I went home and wrote the phrase on a post it note for my board.
But what exactly is a moment?
It is quiet.
This week has been a big one for our family. Over the space of the last five days we have had:
Two Christmas concerts.
One little girl sick.
One final team dinner for me.
The yearly tradition of making dozens of mince pies with my mum.
A swimming assessment.
And a free dress day that I totally missed.
December, the month of endings, the month of finishing, the month of preparation for a new year, a new beginnings. I love this time of year. But if I’m honest, sometimes in all the hustle of this season, I wish it all away and wish that next year was here already.
We are a people that are focused on the new, the novel, the next big thing. And we have tendency to want to skip over now and rush ahead.
I have not been able to shake this phrase over the last few months.
pregnant pause: a pause that gives the impression that it will be followed by something significant