When I was a little girl (yes, that was a l-o-n-g time ago..), my parents used to say: “There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.” As a kid, I found that to be a ridiculous statement. What did they mean, “Not enough hours”? As far as I was concerned, there were too many hours sometimes! Too many hours for school work, homework, chores, hours before spring break, hours before my birthday, Christmas or summer vacation, hours before my report card arrived (so I could break the grades gently to my parents when they were in a good mood). There are just too many hours for a kid (unless there is a birthday party or playing on the playground involved).
Today, I think I truly understand what my parents meant. As adults, we fill our waking moments with so many activities that we fail to really enjoy the little things. I find my days full of housework, taking care of loved ones, paying bills, trying to sell items here and there to make extra money, lesson planning, etc. When was the last time I just “relaxed”? Truly.
I remember going to Padre Island last year and relaxing for a few days. It was heaven. Sure, I swept our tent to get out sand (which you can never get all of) and made meals. However, I took care of only immediate needs and that was it. There were no phones, computers, door-to-door salesmen, bills to receive in the mail, grumpy folks in the grocery store line…nothing but the beautiful ocean, finding seashells, and making sand castles with my family. I miss that right now.
As I go along my busy day today, I will keep one of the many seashells that we brought back from the beach in my pocket. It will be a reminder for me as I go about doing laundry, checking math, cooking dinner, sweeping the porch.. It will say: “Take time to relax, Shan. Take time to relax.”