The Great Big Bad Hormones of PMS or Menopause sure can rattle a girl. And of course sometimes life itself adds to the clatter.
I read once that when things are so crazy you feel like a Mexican Jumping Bean,to try some slow motion. Pretend you’re a turtle or a sloth. (Well actually, the pretending part is my idea.)
SLOWLY put the dress back on the hanger. The mug in the dishwasher. The cell phone in the charger. Think of the nun at the abbey gate in The Sound of Music: “Slowly, Sister, slowly.”
S….. L….. O….. W….. L…..Y
Doing a chore or even part of one in slow motion is hard, almost painful. It goes against the core of our efficient adult selves. But in those slow moments, even if they only last a few seconds, you feel life differently.
You remember the excellent dinner you enjoyed while wearing the dress. Smile about the silly mug your boss gave you in December. Relive the last phone call you received: some super cool news from your son.
Rattles don’t calm babies. They set them laughing, wiggling, and kicking, but have you ever tried to rush a baby or a toddler? Can’t really be done. They must know something we know-it-all grownups don’t.
Feel the calm of slow motion the next time you’re stressed. And in that instant, hear the rattle of your life silence itself, even if just for one slow, peaceful moment.
Photo: Since I have a grandchild on the way, I have rattles on my mind–the good kind. I don’t think I’ll let the baby play with this antique celuloid model. That rattle will remain on a high shelf, but if Baby wants brand new rattles, Grandma will take them off the toy store shelf faster than you can say “Do-re-mi.”
Quotes from The Sound of Music: In a slow moment, check out these quotes from the movie! I was amazed how many lines I knew.