I was watching a little boy of about two eating some Cheerios the other day. He started out eating them one by one. Then, two by two. Shortly after, he was trying to grab as many as he could in his chubby hand; when he did that, about half made it to his mouth, and half to the floor. He started crying in frustration, all the while trying to grab more and put more in his mouth.
I watched in fascination. He was happy eating one or two at a time, but when he tried to get more and more, he became increasingly frustrated.
Aren’t we all like that little boy sometimes? We start out slowly, then find a way to get a little more, then get greedy and try to get as much as we can, only to fail and get frustrated. We take on too many responsibilities and find ourselves burned out and exhausted.
Watching that little boy, I reminded myself to slow down, take my time and enjoy life. It goes so quickly, why rush it further? Why work harder and longer at a less than fulfilling job to be able to buy more and more objects only to have to declutter all those objects later. (Ask me how I know!).
I have had some readers question my judgement about giving up my job when our budget doesn’t even balance some months without my salary. Simply put, I have decided to start eating my Cheerios one by one again. I am enjoying staying home with my kids and blogging and writing. I have taken the radical choice to step back and slow down. I am not saying this is the right decision for everyone, but for our family at this point in time, it is the right choice.