Thursday, October 11, 2012

Turning off Autopilot {Bigger Picture Moments}

Autopilot

Autopilot. 

You know what it is right? When you are driving and your mind waders, muscle memory kicks in and suddenly you are at your location and you have no memory of how you got there, of the drive. 

That's autopilot. 

When the day to day routine of life is so similar:
Drive to school.
Cook.
Clean.
Play.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. 

It's so easy to lock into autopilot. Going through the motions without paying attention to the details. Without noticing differences or adjusting speed or direction. I don't want to live on autopilot. I don't want ti wake up one day and wonder "how did we get here?"

Tuesdays are hard days - busy days. Both big kids have after school activities in two different locations. This past Tuesday had a school PTO meeting as well. Since this past Tuesday was also a Monday I had to do the grocery shopping as well. Making a long day even longer. 

Grocery shopping is not fun. Two stores, minimum of two hours. It's easy to turn on autopilot and just go through the motions. 

PBbaby is almost 2. She wants to big, so badly. She was clamoring to walk around the store. Doing everything but going Incredible Hulk on the safety trap and ripping it to shreds. I could have left her in the seat. Gone about my shopping (slightly faster) while she fussed, yelled, and cried in the seat. But I don't want to live on Autopilot

So i got her out and she walked. Holding my hand and helping remove (way more) items we needed from the shelves. Chatting in her little language. 

Would it have been faster to bribe her with food to ride? Yes, but we all need to stretch our legs sometimes. Even if it means spending close to two hours in one store. It's worth it to not be on autopilot

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Simplyturning off autopilot, that's my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What's Yours

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4 comments:

May said...

I recognize the struggle. Those years are so busy. Some days you just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other long after those feet are too tired to go on.
Looking back I can tell you that you have the right perspective here. Stay in the moment all that you can. Autopilot is no way to live!

Corinne said...

Those walks through the grocery store with little hands... such a great thing. Autopilot is so hard to throw aside, but it's worth it.

Adrienne said...

The cool thing about little ones {well, one of the many cool things!} is that they have not auto pilot. I remember adjusting my rhythm to theirs over and over...and always being glad I did! Love this!

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

This shows just what a generous, giving soul you are! I'm sure I would have been on efficiency mode rather than appreciative mode. You're a great mama!

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