Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SLOW DOWN CHALLENGE | DAY 2: SAVOR

In today's challenge Jeff Goins suggested we savor food but for me that's no challenge. I'm a 45-year-old whose wearing braces for the first time in my life so eating food with meticulous care is not an option. 

What's more challenging is savoring moments with my loved ones, especially today when smartphones consume our attention. Compound that with my full-time job, photography business, writing, volunteering, and working out then I'm on constant overdrive. 

The older I get the less efficient I am at multi-tasking. I'm a certified nutcase trying to do too many things at once. 

When I work from home I spend my lunch break either working out, exercising to a DVD, answering phone calls/texts/emails for my photography business, editing photos, scouring the internet for social justice issues, reading emails about human trafficking or trying to work on my current writing project. 

I know it sounds very productive. NOT! 

Today when my granddaughter invited me to play with her in our backyard I acquiesced. I savored her game of freeze, running around in a yard I didn't know was infested with lizards of all shapes and sizes. I'm sorry but anything reptilian transforms me into a squeamish mess. Yet, today, I savored. Man did I SAVOR. 

When Rylee sqealed, "Awww look at the baby lizard on my bike, Gramma! Look! Look! Hey, come back, where are you going!!!! Look at how cute the baby lizard is!" I went back and savored the cuteness of the baby lizard. 

For the rest of the day I made sure I savored other moments and loved ones to permanently erase the image of the baby reptile searing my brain. On this second day of slowing down I've gone from 100mph to 80mph and hopefully I can get to cruising speed soon.