I wanted to share this post at the beginning of the New Year as not only a reminder to myself but as something we can all share in. (notice I said all?)
I was at the kitchen sink washing dishes with speed. It was almost pushing the sponge into the plate trying to make it meld into one. I wasn't really paying attention to the action because I was inside my head making a to do list for the rest of the evening when all of a sudden a big gust of wind came through the window. It blew my hair back and I stopped what I was doing, closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I smiled and said out loud, "I hear you. Thank you." My daughter was walking in and asked who I was talking to. I replied that I was talking to the Universe because it was telling me to breathe. Her response, "duh mom, if you don't you'll die" to which I took a deep breath again (to keep me from throwing the sponge).
It was then I noticed how I tend to hold my breath when I am trying to rush through a task. Well, no resolutions for 2012 but breathe. Let the deep breaths give you a sense of calm, may the deep breaths remind you how blessed life is and may deep breaths keep you from chucking something at your kids!
Also, the picture brings me a sense of calm. It was drawn by Maite who turns 9 today.