As I stopped to tell the child, "Come quickly!"

When you live a crazy life, every minute counts.You feel you have to try something from the list, staring at the screen, or rush to the next scheduled place.And no matter how I tried to distribute their time and attention, and how many different problems or trying to solve - I still did not have enough time to do everything.

Such was my life for two crazy years.My thoughts and actions are controlled by electronic notification, ring-tones, and filled to overflowing schedule.And although every fiber of my soul internal controller would like to find time for all cases in my overloaded terms, this was impossible.

so happened that six years ago I was blessed with a calm, carefree, "stop-and-smell-rose" child.

- When I had to leave, she enjoyed finding a shiny crown in my bag.

- when I needed to be somewhere five minutes ago, it required to fasten her toy animals to the seat of the car.

- When I needed a quick snack, she could not stop talking to an elderly woman who looked like her grandmother.

- When I was thirty minutes to reach somewhere, she asked me to stop the wheelchair, to caress every dog ​​we passed.

My carefree child was a blessing, but I did not notice it.When you live a crazy life, you have tunnel vision produced by the forecast only on the agenda.And all that was impossible to put a tick in the schedule, it was a waste of time.

Whenever my child made me deviate from the schedule, I thought to myself: "We do not have time for this."Consequently, the two words that I often told my little lover of life were: "Come quickly."

I started with them their proposals.
«Come soon, we're late!»

and ends offer them.
«We all miss if you do not hurry!»

I start my day with them.
«Hurry up and eat your breakfast!Hurry up and get dressed! »

I ended the day with them.
«Hurry to brush your teeth!Hurry go to bed! »

Although the word" quickly "and" hurry up "is not particularly accelerated child, I still told them.Perhaps even more than the words "I love you."

Yes, the truth is painful, but the truth is healing ... and brings me closer to that parent, I want to be.

One fateful day everything changed.We took away his eldest daughter from kindergarten and out of the car.This was not as fast as she wanted, and she told her little sister: "What do you sluggish!".And when she crossed her arms over her chest and sighed with disappointment, I saw it myself - and I have something inside snapped.

I was a persecutor, is pushing, pressing and hurrying a young child who just wanted to enjoy life.

sight, and I clearly saw my hurried existence of harm to children.

Although my voice was shaking, I looked into the eyes of the little girl and said, "I'm sorry, I'm forcing you to hurry.I like that you're not in a hurry, and I want to be more like you. "

Both my daughter surprised painful recognition, but his face lit up with a younger approval and adoption.

"I promise to be more patient," - I said, and hugged her daughter beaming.

expelled from my vocabulary the word "hurry" was pretty easy.What was really difficult - so this is to be patient, to wait for my child leisurely.To help both of us, I started to give her a little more time to prepare, when we had to go somewhere.But sometimes, in spite of this, we will still be late.Then I persuaded myself that I will be late only these few years, until she grows up.

When my daughter and I walked and walked into the store, I let her set the pace.And when she stopped to admire something, I cast thought about the plans of the head and just watched her.I noticed the expressions on her face, no I have never seen.I studied spots on her hands and the way her eyes squints while smiling.I saw how other people respond to her when she stops to talk to them.I saw how she looked interesting insects and beautiful flowers.She was contemplative.That's when I finally understood - it was a gift for my soul inflated to the limit.

I made a promise to slow down almost three years ago.And until now, in order to live in slow motion, I have to make considerable efforts.But my youngest daughter is a vivid reminder of why I have to keep trying.And it often reminds me of this.

Once while on vacation, we went together on the bikes to the tent with fruit ice.Admiration admiring the ice tower, we sat down at a table.Suddenly I saw the concern on her face."We must hurry, Mama?"

I almost wept.Perhaps scars hasty life will never disappear completely.I realized that I had a choice.I could sit and mourn, thinking about how much time I customized it ... or I could celebrate the fact that today I try to do differently.

I decided to live for today.

"Do not hurry, dear.Just take your time, "- I said softly.Her face instantly lit up and shoulders relaxed.

And so we sat side by side and chatted about everything.There were even times when we sat in silence, just smiling at each other, enjoying the surroundings and the sounds around us.

I thought that my baby was going to eat every last drop, but when she got almost to the end, she handed me a spoonful of ice crystals of sweet juice."I kept the last spoon for you, mom," - said the girl proudly.

When I let icicles kindness quench my thirst, I realized that I had just made a deal of a lifetime.

I gave my child a little time ... and in return, she gave me her last spoonful and recalled that the taste becomes sweeter, and love comes easier when you stop so-carried through life.

And now, whether it is eating fruit ice, picking colors of seat belt, breaking eggs, search of seashells, viewing ladybugs or just walk, I will not say: "We do not have time for this!".Because, in essence, this means: "We do not have time to live."

stopped to enjoy the simple pleasures of everyday life - it's the only way to truly live.

Believe me, I learned this from the world's leading experts on the joys of life.

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