Change

We are in a period of change. A lot is happening in our house right now. It’s really not the right time for a fast, I have to say. This is a time of convenience. A time where things have to go fast at times. A time where planning is hard.

Yet I believe there is a reason for why these times overlap. It seems that stressful times test us. Who can make a meal from scratch when they have all the time in the world? Probably most of us. It’s a special treat for me to spend some quiet time in the kitchen preparing a wholesome meal for my family. It’s a joy.

Who can make a meal from scratch when they have about 25 minutes left and the kitchen needs to be cleaned and ready for show-time an hour later? There might be still many of us who can do it, but the enjoyment shrinks noticeably. These are the times where we want to believe in advertisements that tell us that this quick meal takes the stress out of our hectic lifestyle. We wish to disregard our commitment and give into the “quick fix”.

Yet these are the times where it is most important to take the time. To eat well, for once. And to make room for some quiet family time.

There is a reason why we are fasting right now. There is a very good reason why we are forced to slow down in a time where we are tempted to go, go, go. I hope I will remember this in the stressful times to come.

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Lighting the Candle

We recently visited the local Waldorf School. A warm and wonderful place that is very inspiring. One of the many things I took away from our visit was the fact that when we (a handful of parents and children) sat down together for the morning snack, a candle was lit. “When the candle is lit, we all sit”. That is the rule – which is gently but firmly enforced. And it seems that all the 2-4 year old children are somewhat entranced by the candle and truly sit (most of the time, that is).

So I decided to start this ritual at home. When we sit down for dinner now, we light a candle. It seemed to be a really good ritual for the children – or so we thought. Turns out, it’s also a very good reminder for the adults. It almost went unnoticed how often Ken or I would get up during dinner. Just to quickly check something, get something, take care of something. Becoming uncomfortably aware of this, we felt like little hypocrites. We might be the ones that need the candle more than our toddler…

When the candle is lit – we ALL sit. A powerful exercise that leads to a beautiful family dinner.

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