Having an old, 1930s, fixer-upper can be kind of overwhelming sometimes. Especially to someone who loves the ambience of a completed room. Even so, my husband and I torture ourselves every Friday with the same laughable question. What shall we do this weekend? Sure, at first we might dream a bit. How about sleeping in? Maybe we could go play at the beach? Or we could go to the movies! How about hiking on the river? Then one of us, usually me, jolts us back to reality. Don’t be silly. We have a house! We aren’t jetting off on a weekend vacation! Now, of course, it isn’t all work and no play. We have kids, so of course every waking moment and dollar cannot be spent on the house. We just have to set the pace. Which for us can be summed up in one word: snail.
Moving at a snail’s pace is against my nature. But really, snails are on to something. They move slowly enough to see the beauty along the way. They aren’t complaining about what they don’t have, or what needs to get done or how much they can cram into one weekend. They don’t get overwhelmed with life. They are just inching along, but somehow, eventually they get where they want to be.
Sometimes I find I am so busy trying to keep up with life that I forget to enjoy the beauty that is right in front of me! All I can see is the mess, the to do list, the schedule, the goal. Does that ever happen to you? You are thinking “I will really be happy when…” and then when you finally arrive at the “when” you have already replaced it with a new goal or restriction on when you can slow down and enjoy life? Even though I love to putter, and that is not exactly moving at a breakneck pace, I am still feeling the sense of accomplishment because I am usually DOING something. And DOING is not the same as BEING.
So, instead of filling your head with ideas of weekend projects, things you could do or buy, or ways to create a more lovely existence, today my friends I leave you with the challenge I am giving myself.
Live the lovely existence you already have around you. Instead of always DOING something, try BEING.
Don’t CREATE if it is at the sacrifice of actually experiencing it.
Live in the moment this weekend. Even if it is just a few moments, SAVOR them!
Consciously take time to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of what you have and what is around you.
Sit in your most beautiful chair and just be happy. Read a book in your favorite room. Savor a delicious cup of coffee with a friend. Use your favorite china. Roast marshmallows. Play a board game. Snuggle up to your favorite person. Take a walk and marvel at the beauty and peacefulness of nature.
Laugh. Smile. Love. Savor. Treasure. Be.
That is my goal for at least a small part of this weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes.
photo: Victoria Magazine