We just returned from spending some time up at Island Park. (A beautiful area up in the Targee National Forest just outside of Yellowstone National Park.)
It seemed a fairly inopportune time to go…a cabin trip sandwiched in between the marathon, family weddings, the art show, and country fair that we just completed but right before art camps, the start of the school year (when I start teaching preschool again), and the slew of upcoming boutiques, and more weddings.
How could I possibly take time for a cabin trip?
The first bit of the trip was hard on me. I had too much to do to be floating down a river in an inter tube or driving around the forest sipping soda! But then I saw the signs everywhere (literally). “Slow Down” they said.
And I did.
And it was just what I needed. Sometimes I think we get caught up with all of the things we “have” to do and make life too complicated. I know I do that ALL the time. Take Simon to soccer practice, teach art camp, make someone a meal, run 7 miles, mow the lawn, make an apron, go grocery shopping, clean out the closet, make Grace a new hair bow, make 700 phone calls, post on one of my blogs, and do it all of that before dinner time. Sound familiar?
The trip to the cabin is just what I needed. For awhile, at least as long as it takes, I’m going to work on slowing down. I even planned our next trip to the cabin this fall.
So in an effort to slow down I will now turn off the computer, put the phone on vibrate, tuck away my needle and thread, and open the windows so I can hear my boy playing in the backyard and make us a real dinner. Slowing down sounds like just what the doctor ordered.