It’s Time to Stop and Smell the Coffee

By: Ginger Hanson

In a world where the rate of change is increasing at an alarming rate, it’s important to remember to stop and breathe for a moment – to take in the sights and sounds that surround us right here in the moment. To smell and taste the coffee that I drink every morning – usually on auto-pilot.

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This year has been a year full of change for me. We found out we were pregnant early this spring. We adopted a second puppy. We sold our house. We bought a new house. Now we’re settling into the new house and adding project after project to the to-do list at the same time that we’re trying to mentally and physically get ready to have our first child. Nothing is the same as it was at this time a year ago!

When we decided to sell our house and buy a new house, it felt as though I put my life on hold. First up was preparing to put our home on the market – which meant several evenings after work cleaning, decluttering and moving stuff to storage. Once it was on the market, it was a lot of running back and forth for my husband and I to grab the dogs for showings, making sure to keep the house clean at night, picking up in the morning before we left for work, etc. At the same time, we were looking for a new house and going to showing after showing in the evenings. After we found 'the one,' we moved on to dealing with the buying process at the same time as the selling process. Once we had closing dates set on both houses, we focused on moving into the new house and out of the old house. The entire process started in March and was complete in July so I found myself thinking on several occasions, “Things will settle down in July, things will settle down in July.” The problem with this is that by the time July comes, summer is half over here in Duluth. I was essentially wishing and thinking all my time away. I was getting caught up in the busy-ness trap. But guess what? These are wonderful problems to have! Being able to buy and sell a home is an opportunity some people don’t have for one reason or another. Having stuff to take to storage during the move means I’ve been blessed with the means to purchase or receive that stuff. Getting hung up on the stress of the situation and wishing I were done with all of it just means I miss all of the good that life is comprised of.

Taking the time to enjoy the moments - even the stressful ones - is easier said than done, right? Hindsight is 20/20, so of course I can look back on my past few months and realize that I should have made more of an effort to be in the moment and appreciate what I have. But just as we need to practice when it comes to the choices we make (read more on that here), we need to practice slowing down. When things get crazy or chaotic, try to mindfully engage in the activities in your day. Even if it’s just one and it’s merely taking an extra minute to notice how delightful your coffee smells and how deliciously warm and soothing it tastes. That’s what I’m going to do and I hope you join me!

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