On Tuesday of last week, I was hunkered down in the usual afternoon routine and failed to take my 7-year-old to his after-school excursion to the Audubon Society with some of his best buddies.
On Wednesday, a door in the life of my children closed. I upset someone who is affected by that door closing because I was hurried in how I communicated this “closing.” And, although it’s the right thing to do, I carried around a heavy conscience for a day or two…or three.
On Thursday, I was entrenched with work. I thought of little else, except not being late to pick up my daughter early from school and whisk her to the airport where she would head to Salt Lake City with her lacrosse team. I was so proud of myself; I was actually on time to pick her up. As my daughter walked toward the car, the panic-inducing realization hit me…I had left her luggage back at home.
Thursday evening, my son called me from the lacrosse field at 7:25 pm asking, “Where are you?” “I’m on my way, why?” “Mom, practice was over at 7pm.”
By Friday morning, I declared, “Do over!”
My life is busy. Your life is busy. And I can’t speak for you, but mine is a good busy. My life is full. My children are active. My hubs is upbeat.
However, I needed to have a talk with myself.
“Slow down. Take a breath. Pause. Recalibrate. Take things off the plate. Maintain the balance.”
To support my efforts to slow down, I find myself turning more and more often to an unassuming little jar of coconut oil.
I feel indulgent when I drench my dry skin with the fragrant oil after a shower. Coconut oil melts at body temperature. So, scoop a little of the solid “oil” in your palm, rub your hands together and smooth the glistening moisturizer all over your body. Rub it generously over your feet and massage your arches with your thumbs. Who needs a spa?
In the late afternoons, I make myself a cup of Kiwi Pear Green tea and stir in a spoonful of coconut oil. The warm tea is calming and the coconut oil adds just a touch of sweetness to help curb any sugar cravings I may be feeling.
And when I breathe in the fragrance (in for 7, hold for 4, out for 8,) the coconut aroma transports me to a warm, tropical beach where I’m laying in a hammock…dozing.
The wonders a scoop of coconut oil will do.
Of all the mishaps from last week, I felt the worst about causing my daughter to be late to the airport. About the time she was boarding her plane and I was back home, I received a text message from her:
“It’s okay, I know you’re doing your best!!! Thank you. Love you.”
The wonders a thoughtful message will do.
Do any of you have special ways you like to slow down? Do tell. We’d all love to know and be inspired.
Thank you, my friends, for reading and sharing,
The Kiwi Pear Green Tea is from The Republic of Tea. If you are unable to find it in your local grocery store, I found that The Republic of Tea website offers the best pricing.