Daily Short-hOPT: Slow Down

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Eddie Cantor

This past weekend we took our son to Jellystone Park in Cave City, KY. While chasing an energetic three year old around a giant campground for three days was tiring, there was one point where things seemed to slow down and one could actually enjoy the trip for what it was.

If you know my son, or have read anything I’ve written about him, the word ‘energetic’ may be an understatement. He’s generally nonstop, so sitting quietly and reflecting is not really something he’s into. Thankfully, our family is extremely helpful and is willing to help keep our child’s high motor running. This is especially true of his cousins who are always willing to take him for a walk or engage him in something that he enjoys. On our last night at the park, Amber and I stayed at our cabin while Judson went out to eat with his grandparents. During this time, I sat out on the deck of our cabin with an adult beverage and just looked around. The down time allowed me to appreciate things so much more.

For three straight days our son was in perpetual motion. While our intentions were to allow him to enjoy himself and not be all over him about everything, these intentions often went out the window. He’s a strong-willed little dude, so when he gets his mind set to something, he is out to get it at whatever cost. Usually, that cost is his parents’ sanity. But, sitting on that deck, what I realized was that he was having an awesome time. This particular campground is set up for kids; all of their activities revolve around kids having fun, and he was having plenty of it. We were away from our daily routine. We were with family. All good things.

You’ve heard the idiom about not seeing the forest for the trees, right? I am as guilty of that as anyone. It’s extremely easy to get caught up in the trappings of our daily lives which makes it more difficult to see the things that are good. We remain focused on things that probably don’t matter and let the good things go unnoticed or unappreciated. We rarely take the time to stop and appreciate anything. I know that waking up early this morning and heading to work wasn’t something I was pumped about at all. However, when I took a couple minutes to reflect on the weekend, it certainly put a smile on my face.

Here’s my suggestion for this Monday morning: slow down. Make time to appreciate the good. Stop and reflect on things as they occur. Shift the focus away from things that, big picture, don’t really matter. As we speed through life we often fail to see how great our experiences really are.

I think we can all be at least a little better about that.

Have an awesome Monday,


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