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It seems we are always in a hurry.

From the time we learn to talk, we start longing for the next thing.
In pre-school, we count the days until we start elementary school.
In elementary school, we long for middle school.
In middle school, we chomp at the bit, waiting for high school.
In high school, we long for a driver’s license, a car, a prom date, graduation.

It doesn’t stop after high school, either.

Next we long to finish college or get a “real” job.
We long for a serious relationship, to get married.
Then we long to have children.

Once the children arrive, we keep reaching ahead.
We long for the toddlers to get potty trained,
For the pre-schoolers to go off to school.
And then we long for the teens to head off on their own.

As writers, we long to sell that first book.
Then to sell the second book.
To hit the best-seller list.
To…

When does it end???

If we’re not careful and we don’t consciously stop and look around, we’ll spend our whole lives missing right now. If our focus is always on the next thing, we won’t enjoy or appreciate the blessings of right now. Today.

Of course we have to plan for tomorrow. Goals matter. Dreams matter.

But let’s not forget to savor the beauty of this moment, this stage, these precious people we get to share life with.

Take a deep breath. Look around. Pass out big hugs and make some memories!

Connie Mann

Enjoying Labor Day with Family

I spent the weekend unplugged and out on the lake with family. What do you do to slow down and savor today???

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  1. Calisa Rhose says:

    Sounds like a lot of relaxing fun Connie. I enjoy horseback riding and just hanging with my kids/granddaughters. And of course hubbs!

  2. beth trissel says:

    Such a good post, Connie, and a reminder we all should heed. Great pics too. I hang out a lot with the small people in my life as well as making time for the adult sized friends and family, and then there are my furry friends…my garden…

  3. Georgie Lee says:

    Reading, watching movies and going for walks all help me relax. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and enjoy life!

  4. Diana Ballew says:

    Great post, Connie.

    I’ve been very busy lately and try to unplug for at least a good hour each night. The last few nights, I’ve gone outside for about an hour to sip a glass of wine and watch daylight wane, creating a brilliant fuchsia sunset over the bay. I listen to the sounds of barking seals, squawking gulls, the rustling of crisp, summer-baked leaves in the breeze. I gaze in awe at the eagle soaring overhead and the pterodactyl-like Great Blue Heron as he heads to his evening perch. I could see those beautiful things every day, but in our busy lives, we don’t actually have time to watch, savor and FEEL them. Thanks for the great post!

  5. Lilly Gayle says:

    Wonderful post! And I’ve longed for all those things. I’m still longing. But while I long to have my first grandchild–not because I want to be a grandma! but because my daughter wants to be a mom–I sometimes long for a return to the days when my girls were younger. I miss the 90’s lol!

    To slow down and saver life, my husband and I go to the beach. We have a camper at Emerald Isle. It’s like heaven–until I start longing for more money to pay the lot rent, a bigger camper, a beach house. lol! You’re right. It never ends.

    • Connie Mann says:

      Hi Lilly–You made me smile, because we DO all do that. Always longing for the next thing. Here’s hoping you will be able to stop and simply savor all the blessings of right now. Enjoy the beach!!!

  6. Spooky, I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately – maybe it’s because my kids are growing up and the thought of them moving on and away from me is scaring me a little! I really want to cherish more time and not just spend it running here and there like a chicken with no head.
    Everyone needs to kick back and relax every now and then – thanks for the great reminder!

    • Connie Mann says:

      You’re so welcome, Debora. Oh yeah, knowing the kids will soon be leaving is a great motivator to do things intentionally. That whole tyranny of the urgent, rather than the important. Being aware is step one, I think, so you’re halfway there! Enjoy the moments!