Regrettably, I have had one too many of those with my rapidly sprouting 3 year old. I have been "too busy" taking care of everyone else to spend quality time with my baby girl. This past October, I started making a bigger effort to spend more hands-on time with her, to become more engaged with her in her little world.
There's also those missed opportunities in my spiritual life. (Don't we all have those?)
Layering more faith-based activities on top of my
One of the layers I added was attendance at a weekday mass. No, this isn't a blow my horn, look at me statement, but rather a simple sharing of the fact. David and I have made this change together. Wednesdays (his day off) will find us at early morning Mass, just him and I. (Sometimes one of the kids go...if they are up in time.) I love Wednesday mornings now! It isn't just a hump day in the middle of the week anymore, but rather a time for rebooting the graces that have shrunk from the Sunday prior. And gosh! how I've needed that...kind of like needing to take extra vitamin D as you age, ladies.
Lastly, there's those missed opportunities for "me time".
Me time. Mom time. Alone time.
I use to dislike the "me time" phrase that women would throw out, and then I realized it was the way that phrase was being used and abused selfishly. The bottom line is, moms really do need some "me time" every once in awhile. Recharging the batteries in this area of our life is a necessity. Period.
I have been more acutely aware of our calendar lately and am saying "no" to many things, especially during the Advent season we now find ourselves in. With that, I find myself already reaping the rewards from the slower pace. I can classify these benefits under mom time (i.e. have a phone conversation with someone without being rushed to drive someone somewhere), me time (i.e. drink a cup of coffee while it's hot), and alone time (i.e. do something I want and uninterrupted).
Just tonight I was able to spontaneously meet up with three friends for a cup of cheer (Saxby coffee house) before the frenzy pace of Christmas kicks in for them. The evening was such a delight, a great recharge.
As we now enter the season of Advent, I pray that you, too, recognize past "missed opportunities" and experience in their place, a very fruitful season of expecting, waiting, hoping, and praying.
~ Patty ~