It’s time for another Five-Minute Friday post. Every week on this site, a topic is posted. The idea is to turn that internal editor off and write for five minutes straight. Then you post your blog and link up with others who have done the same.
Five Minutes Starts Now…
I sat down at my computer, looking forward to some uninterrupted time to write before my kids woke up.
Sadly, this time was not to be.
I went into the bedroom and picked up my 9-month-old. She still looked very tired and was obviously not ready to be awake.
I rocked her for a bit and sure enough, she fell right back asleep.
That’s when the question hit me. Should I write or hold my baby? Since she’d fallen asleep, I could lay her back down and return to my original plans. Or I could hold her while she slept and say good-bye to the morning’s writing productivity.
That’s when I heard it.
This little voice inside my head.
“Writing will wait. This baby, at this stage, won’t.”
Stop! End of Five Minutes
And so I held my baby. I held her and loved her and thought about how precious she was. I thought the fact that she won’t be this little for much longer, and for several beautiful, peaceful moments, I enjoyed the opportunity to cuddle her in my arms and hold her close.
I’ve been thinking about that little voice ever since. All too often, whether we work inside or outside the home, we are faced with the choice: do we press on to accomplish all the work we have to do, or do we stop and let ourselves really enjoy the people we are with.
Work will always be there. The people we most love and care about won’t.