3 Astonishing Reasons To Put Yourself in Timeout - Betty Streff
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3 Astonishing Reasons To Put Yourself in Timeout

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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.


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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!!

  • Carla Brooke

    I find the feelings you are talking about, that wonder of being alive, when I am given the time to create. It is that time when we know we get to dig in and put something out there that came from the deepest recesses of us. Color and lines come from hands doing what our heart tells them to do. Sometimes it is hard to get those two parts of the body to talk. But eventually when the time is right and we can push the clutter away, they can.
    Happy Fall!

    September 28, 2017 at 5:03 am
  • Good Evening, I just read your post for today…
    Loved the words, the theme and the photos were “awesome’ sorry I needed to use the
    word that is so ‘;last year.’
    I just copied down the Sunflower Prayer, and will add it to my “Sunflower Napkins” for a gift I am
    giving tomorrow…it added such a unique touch to the thought and the gift.

    You are a gift, now celebrate you by sharing your words with your voice.
    Every Good Wish,

    September 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm
  • Gail

    Beautifully written Betty! My brother Craig does a wonderful job at being half-child — always ready for a laugh or an adventure. And with everyone “stressed out” these days, this is a wonderful message. Thank you!

    September 28, 2017 at 10:16 pm
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