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.

Time

It’s funny how this often goes. You are waiting for something. You check often. After a while, you start to forget about it. And all the sudden it’s there:

Marta’s first tooth came out today! Two weeks ago we started wondering. We tried to figure out why she wouldn’t sleep. We wondered about teething… but there was no tooth. So we gave up and forgot about the tooth. And now it’s here!

I often feel like time can play real tricks on your mind. We might have things going on parallel yet one just speeds along and the other one drags its feet. But we experience both on the same Monday…

Time can play tricks on you. And these tricks are sometimes very helpful in figuring out what you really want to focus on. What changes you need to make to get everything out of those moments that go too fast (which is in general a sign that it’s something really cool) and to better deal with the times that go too slow (meaning there are probably not that great).

But no matter how wisely you allocate your time. The anticipation of something great will never go fast – until you forget you’re waiting…

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