Taking Time to Stop and Smell the Coffee

Some say flowers, some say coffee, but it is important not to get so busy that we don’t take more time out to reflect and slow down a bit.  I’m reminded of this because this year has started off way too busy. Someone recently gave me a book called “Addicted to Busy” but I haven’t had time to read it because I’ve been too busy! I can’t believe we are already 3 weeks into the New Year and I seem to be 3 months behind.

I read several quotes lately… “It’s not so much how busy you are, but why are you busy. The bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted.” “It’s not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is, ‘Why are you busy?’” Staying busy doing productive things is not a bad thing except when we get so busy in life that we forget to include the most important things in our lives.

The two most important things in my life are God and family. Being transparent, I reflect back on the last 10 years of my life and find that I’ve worked hard FOR God and FOR my family but I could have worked harder at BEING with God and BEING with my family. It’s never too late!

When my son, who is about to turn 21, recently announced that it was time to move away and begin to make it on his own, this really hit home. On one hand, it’s something that most parents want to hear, but at the same time, there is some trepidation. I remember when I was 21, I left home to begin my “life.” For some years following, I was busy making a life of my own… getting married, having children, working to serve God and providing for my family. It wasn’t until years later that I truly appreciated my parents but I’m probably not alone in this. Life has come full circle and now, I talk to my parents more than at any other time in my life. I hope my son does a better job than me but I am determined to put more effort into BEING in the relationship.

This year will probably not slow down for me but I will try to be more aware to make sure that in all my busyness, I am busy about BEING with God more and BEING in the relationships most important to me. Work will always be there but time with those I love should be a priority.

It’s dangerous to put such thoughts out for the world to see because now I can be held accountable.  Accountability is good and now, I suppose, some, especially those closest to me, will be watching if I’m taking more time to stop and smell the coffee!

I hope you do, too!