“let your children see you slow down.
read a book, walk in the woods,
sip coffee in the early hours of the morning.
because when they grow up,
they’ll know how to slow down, too.”
when eating lunch with my daughter
she looked at.her sandwich
and noticed that one half had more of the ‘good stuff’ she liked inside
as she began to set it aside to save it for later
I asked why she didn’t eat the one she preferred right now
when it was fresh
it would make her happy
it would not help or harm anyone
if she did or did not
and if she waited until later
it might be mushy and cold
or it may be accidentally dropped to the floor
and then she would not really have enjoyed either half
and who knows
what could happen before she eats the second half
(granted, a bit dark and extreme on my part)
never knowing what is to come
good or bad
why wait and not live life fully right now?
she agreed and ate the one she preferred
(she’s probably hoping for a quiet lunch in her office tomorrow)
but I think it’s a good metaphor for life:
eat the sandwich, the one with the good stuff,
when it is served to you on a plate,
and sitting on the table before you
just waiting for you to pick it up and enjoy it
don’t save it for later.
“don’t wait for your ship to come in – swim out to it. ”