Thursday, November 1, 2012

Moving to the Slow Lane {Bigger Picture Moments}

October came to an end in a whirlwind of busy. Halloween, homework, work work, housework, conferences, sick bellies and all the other busy that comes with a family of five. It almost made me laugh when I looked at my calendar and saw that November and December are actually SLOWER than October.

I am halfway through this pregnancy {LINK} and while I mostly feel good the physical reality of being older, with three kids and carry low means I can't do as much. After two full days out and walking with he kids I was hurting. Physically in pain, exhausted to the bone. it reminded me of this post, and since the busyness of October doesn't end until I get home from Bloggy Boot Camp Saturday night, let's just re-visit that post:

{ photo credit blackham }

I rarely find myself in the slow lane. Literally or figuratively. My whole life I have been accused of burning the candle at both ends.

A few weeks ago I had a doctors appointment. My doctor is about 35-45 minutes away (because when you have a doctor that is caring, and good, and sees your whole family, and has known you since you were 18, you stick with him, no matter the drive!).

45 minutes in a moving car is enough time for PBgirl to get a good nap. It's also just a enough time to ruin the day. For her to fall asleep the last five minutes of the trip and need to be woken up, which makes her (and me) miserable.

So since we had left early that day and she promptly fell asleep I pulled over into the slow lane. Made the conscious effort to go the speed limit, not constantly pass other, just drive. It was hard. I am a city driver, to this day, even in suburbia. I become inpatient, take shortcuts to avoid trains and lights.

If it's not hard it's not worth doing.

I wrote this in a little notebook I keep in my purse. As I sat in the parking lot waiting for her to wake up on her own. It's such a reflection of my life, especially now, in May, when I am so busy with so many different things.

I'm being forced, again, to slow down against my will. My son has strep (again!) and I am sure I now have it (again!). I am scheduled to be at the airport to leave for CBC '10 at 10:30 on Thursday. This is God's way of telling me that some things need to just go undone. I am not superwomen and I cannot do it all. I also don't have to. I have to remember to move over into the slow lane and just drive.


As I find myself again juggling many balls and ideas I am thankful for the people in my life who remind me to pull over into the slow lane.

What are you thankful for?

For the month of November we are going to be taking our Bigger Picture Moments and turning them into moments of thankfulness. A chance to reflect on all those things that we are thankful for, big and small. Please join us and share yours? A list, a photo, a story, whatever is in your heart

Simply slowing down, that’s my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What’s yours?

Link up yours at Alita's! this week. 

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Try to visit the other participants and encourage each other in this journey we call life.


Corinne Cunningham said...

Ah yes... we do not have to do it all. So hard to remember! Have fun this weekend :)

May said...

I for one am thankful to have found you and the other Bigger Picture Women.

Unknown said...

oh yes! slow lane time is critical to my well being - cannot live without it - not afraid of hard & with 3 boys - life i always "busy" but - slow time is critical!