Present Over Perfect – Day 33

Learning to Play begins on page 174 for today’s short reading.

Note: I’m super stopped up and congested, y’all. I do plan to resume videos, but it will have to be once I’m well. I’m choosing to let go of that expectation I’ve put on myself. I appreciate you still coming to check in on the blog each day!

I totally get what Shauna is saying in this chapter.

We just returned from a mini-vacation to the beach and it is there I find myself giving more permission to waste time – to just sit and relax, to not worry about being on a schedule, not rushing to the next thing.

I realize all of life can’t be like this – well, maybe if you’re retired and living on an island somewhere nice and tropical…haha!

Something I took note of this past weekend was how much I enjoyed leaving my cell phone in my bag and just sitting with my mom.

Or when I just sat by a big hole of sand with Brock – all we had was a bucket of water, sea shells, a frisbee and the sand. He must have played for at least an hour by that big hole. Content. And he didn’t need 1000 of the best sand toys to get there.

I want to take the 5 minute challenge – even setting an alarm to intentionally waste time. Something I’m considering is not allowing that 5 minutes to be anything related to media or television or facebook, etc. Those time wasters always suck me in for more than 5 minutes and they don’t make me feel necessarily better when all is done.

I want to play in the floor with no distractions and without feeling guilty for what I should be doing instead. I want to sit in the yard. I want to gaze at the clouds and pick out shapes. I want to walk around the block.

What would our lives be like if our days were studded by tiny, completely unproductive, silly, nonstrategic, wild and beautiful five-minute breaks, reminders that our days are for loving and learning and laughing, not for pushing and planning, reminders that it’s all about the heart, not about the hustle?


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5 thoughts on “Present Over Perfect – Day 33

  1. This chapter was very timely today! I found it hard to get back in the work mode! I generally read several novels while at the beach but this past trip I didn’t even finish the one book I started. Today after work, I was home alone so I put another load of clothes in the washer and dryer, set my alarm for the clothes to dry and finished my book while the clothes were drying. I need to do that more often! The best part was that I was still productive in getting the laundry done. I love the idea of the five minute break. I might just call you sometime for that walk around the block. It generally takes me seven minutes around our block but with your long legs we should be able to make it in five, that is with you walking and me at a light jog!

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