Monday, January 07, 2008
New Year’s Resolution: Less = More
Let's preface this blog by saying that i am awful at sticking to New Year's Resolutions.
I usually fall of the bandwagon well before the unspoken pre-req. 2-3 months of attempting to stick to the diet/habit/campaign that I've resolved to complete.
So this year, rather than resolving to do MORE (read more, write more, sleep more, etc.) I'm resolving to do LESS.
I'm going to slow down this year. Not physically, because lord knows that with two toddlers and an infant that's just plain impossible, but mentally.
I'm going to breathe.
I'm going to take time to appreciate that my kids still want to play board games with me.
They still want to climb into my lap and hear stories.
They still would rather I sit in the rocking chair at bedtime and make up fairy tales involving Princess Isabelle, Prince Baz and Princess Sophia, than pop an audio book in the cd at bedtime.
They still race to be the first to get hugs and fight to sit next to me on the couch.
They still run to put their shoes and coats away to be the first to catch the praise dropped from my lips.
They still run pell-mell into my legs to tell me they've used the potty, eaten all their dinner, gotten dressed by themselves...
And, while, at times the constant bickering and running and dodging and talking and whining and touching my clean shirt with sticky fingers and spitting up full bottles of milk and doses of imoxiycillin on my white shirt...can be enough to drive me to drink...I resolve to:
Take a deep breath, count to ten, count to ten again, pace a few times, count to ten once more for good measure, and appreciate the fact that they still want me.
I resolve to take advantage of the short simple time that I have to enjoy my children while they're under my roof, because I'm afraid that I'll blink one day and they'll be in college.
And while I can always read more, write more, exercise more, diet more, resolve more...I'll never get this time back.
I don't want to waste it.