“I love a good book and a good cup of tea; they amplify each other manifold times.” —The Devotea
A description of the past few weeks: open windows, cobblestone walks, red lipstick, lots of tea and occasional morning coffee. Oh, and autumn peeking around every corner. The trees in my little neighbourhood have a golden glow about them, taunting me in this humidity.
I’ve been moving at a fast pace; too fast and lately have been reminded to slow down. Housewife, business, mother, student —whatever your work may be, it is easy to get caught in the web of “going through the motions of living”. You know what I’m talking about: your alarm wakes you up at __ : __ am, you slowly roll out of bed and then BAM your day quickly starts. You barely notice your routine, you just start doing what you do every day. In fact you probably don’t even notice the mundaneness; it’s not like there is anything wrong with that, but perhaps it is too quick and this is where the danger of losing time awaits us. Take a detour and do something different; a little treat. Get up a bit earlier and watch the sunrise, then hop over to your local coffee shop and buy yourself a pumpkin whatever with whip cream and a cookie to go. Learn the language you’ve talked about learning for ages. Buy old books and read them. Paint your nails. No, seriously… go paint them. Take care of yourself; light candles at night and play your favourite song on repeat. Make an effort everyday to see the seasons change. Look for that leaf that is about to fall. Don’t miss it. Put your phone down, especially when you are with family and friends. That text can wait.
Little things, they make all the difference. Sometimes we (<– yeah, me to) get busy and forget about the sweet smell of honeysuckles or the excellent ache in your legs after a good long walk. Time: it’s tricky, but I’ve found if I slow down and realise that sometimes a clean kitchen isn’t the most important item on my list (okay, it’s in the top three) —but stopping and taking a deep breath in; realising how blessed I am and how wonderful life truly is…
That is living to the fullest and I want that.