3 Astonishing Reasons To Put Yourself in Timeout
(Read in :03)“The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us. When the world seems familiar, when one has got used to existence, one has become an adult.” ~Eugene Ionesco
Adulting is totally overrated. I’m starved for a timeout. Oh for the days of being forced to take a nap! Seriously, don’t you long for someone to make you lie down and rest every afternoon? Have you forgotten what it felt like to be crazy with excitement about something? Anything? The brand-newness of a sparkling Saturday? Were you ever a nerdy kid like me? I rocketed out of bed at first light. Unwashed and uncombed, I mounted my trusty blue second-hand Schwinn bike, bound for adventure and discovery. And I found it every time!
I absolutely love the word astonish. And flabbergasted. How about dazzled, spellbound or thunderstruck? Certain words have lost their oomph. They’ve become flat and flavorless from overuse. Take awesome or amazing for example. So boring, so last year. They’re no longer colorful enough to describe some of the wonders that await us when we stop and take a good look around.
Astonishing reason number one for a timeout
“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” ~Rachel Carson
A timeout lets you feel young and carefree for a little while, anyway. It’s been said the best thing about being a parent is feeling like a kid again. I wish I could tell my young self to spend more time playing with my kids. If only I had learned back then work would wait and I did not have to push myself so hard. Looking back, a little play time would have done me a world of good but I seldom allowed myself to stop.
Thought-provoking reason two for a timeout
“Nothing’s for sure, that’s for sure…”~Not sure
Life doesn’t come with a crystal ball. Thank God. If we could foresee every heartache that will come our way we might become frozen with fear. However, the very uncertainty of what might be around the bend makes it imperative to spend some time in the right now. When something astonishing comes along and when we find ourselves breathless at the sight of a rainbow or a full moon or the smell of an infant’s head, we must take a sacred pause. Let the sweet joy of the moment melt on your tongue long enough you can actually taste it.
Poignant reason three for a timeout
“Time and tide wait for no man”~Geoffrey Chaucer
It’s been said no one ever makes it out of here alive and some may find that depressing. I suggest it’s a fantastic reason to suck the juice out of every single day as long as possible! What more perfect final chapter could we write with our life than to enter a second childhood of sorts! Not childish but child-like! Never losing the sense of wonder we arrived with! How mind-boggling would it be to stay starry-eyed and breathless right to our last breath! Now that would be astonishing! How about you? Are you in? I’d love to hear about what makes you feel most alive!
Message me if you need a closer look at the sunflower prayer. So worth reading! See you next week!!