I always joke that since moms don’t get “time off” or to clock out or take coffee breaks, time spent breastfeeding is God’s way of giving us an excuse to slow down.
My problem is that I tend not to slow down; I only sit down.
If it’s during the day I’m feeding Judah while playing with Levi with my free hand.
If Levi is entertaining himself then I’m on my phone, reading emails, making lists, or scrolling through facebook or twitter.
We moms like to brag about how good we are at this. (Or complain when we aren’t doing so well at it.)
But lately I’ve been craving more margin, more room to breathe.
I’m tired of multi-tasking.
Yes, I know I will never completely escape the vortext of the multi-tasking compulsions that I have as a woman and mom. (And that’s probably a good thing – we really do need them.) But I am looking for little ways I can cut back and be in teh moment.
One of those ways is taking my God-ordained “coffee breaks”.
Instead of grabbing my phone or a piece of paper to write the grocery list while I breastfeed Judah, I’m leaving my hands free to hold my baby. I’m leaving my eyes free to watch him or even close them for a few moments. I’m leaving my mind free to think and pray and wander.
Even though I’m not succeeding at doing this every time I feed Judah, I’m doing it more and more.
Such a small thing. But a big thing in that it really is helping me to pause, breathe, and be.
Q for you: What’s one simple way that you build margin into your life?
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