Tuesday, October 1, 2013

HURRIED


After a full day at the office, and a back end full of groceries, I was hurriedly getting out of the car, grabbing my purse and some trash on the way out, and haphazardly dropped my phone on the ground. I bent down to grab it and saw a snail slithering by, carrying a huge shell on his back. Just like that.

I walked into the kitchen to see everything that needs cleaning. As the family passed me by to retrieve the groceries from the car, I looked around at where to start, and wanted to hide inside my shell for a while. I decided to start with the mail: bills, ads, another bill and then an envelope with my name beautifully written across the front. I opened it and found a card from one of my dearest friends, Angela. It was just a hand-written version of her “just thinking of you’s.” Simple, yet lovely like poetry. I wanted to write her back. That very second.

Hours turned into days, which turned into weeks, and all throughout, things I thought of to tell her kicked up behind me as I hurried through life. And every opportunity to reciprocate the notion slipped away.

And yet everything in my kitchen looks the same. The grass is even a little longer. Nothing I did in the busy-ness of days really made any difference. I could have written my friend back and told her what a gift her words were to me that afternoon. That I truly shared a moment with her across the miles, feeling myself in her details.

I need to learn from my children, for they cannot be hurried when they are enjoying something.





6 comments:

  1. I feel you. It's so hard to maneuver around the busy lives we all live. It's such a blessing though when we just stop and let the world pass by us as we soak in the beauty and enjoyment around us. The dishes and the bills can wait, they will always be there - but the simplest enjoyments need to be found and snatched up as they appear :)

    Hope your week gets less hurried

    Sam // samanthaheather.blogspot.com

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    1. I am truly grateful for your comment. For your well-wishes. You're a gem! xoxo

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  2. great point and lesson learned. I enjoyed reading this post, although i thought the snail slithering by, carrying a huge shell on his back was going to be a big part of the story lol

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    1. Yeah, that snail...he was never mentioned again, was he? Poor writing on my part, I'm sure. I suppose I was just trying to correlate the weight on my back to the weight on that snail's back, and how I understood him on a small scale.

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  3. So true and a beautiful lesson! They enjoy life for what it is and we can definitely benefit from doing the same!

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    1. You're so lovely! Thank you for leaving a comment, but more importantly, thank you for being here...reading my lil' ol' blog. xoxo

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