Vow To BreatheNo longer do I want to feel like I’m always running late. No longer do I want to feel like I‘ll never catch up. No longer do I want to feel compelled to rush my children through life. No longer do I want to feel the brush of a hurried kiss on my husband’s lips. No longer do I want to feel guilty when I sit down to rest. No longer do I want to feel depleted and empty. No longer do I want to feel like each day is a blur. No longer do I want to feel half alive. Instead, I vow to breathe. I vow to look my children in the eyes and step into their world. I vow to remember what my heart loves to do and then stop making excuses. I vow to close my eyes in gratitude and open my eyes wide in wonder. I vow to have face-to-face, soul-to-soul connection with the ones who share my life. I vow to: Read a book. Dance in the rain. Say, “Take your time,” and mean it. I vow to: Give a good kiss. Leave a surprise note. Do absolutely nothing every now and then. I vow to: Rest Laugh Pray Wait Dream And breathe. And breathe. So I can truly live. It’s been three years since I made this vow. My journey has not been perfect. Sometimes I stumble, but I get back up by reminding myself that the to-do list doesn’t contain the most important tasks of the day. God’s gentle urgings on my heart tell me what I need to flourish and thrive—as long as I stop long enough to listen.
Tired of losing track of what matters most in life, Rachel Macy Stafford began practicing simple strategies that enabled her to momentarily let go of largely meaningless distractions and engage in meaningful soul-to-soul connections. She started a blog (www.handsfreemama.com) to chronicle her endeavors and soon saw how both external and internal distractions had been sabotaging her happiness and preventing her from bonding with the people she loves most. Now she’s written a book: Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! Order your copy today.