Day 333 – Slowing Down

5 HUGS, 2 children, 3 adults (1 husband, 1 hairdresser, 1 neighborhood friend)

During this year I have worked hard at living for the moment. It will always be a work in progress, but I think I have succeeded in at least slowing down. A lot. In slowing down I have noticed so many more small moments that I am sure I would have missed in the past. I have even created more opportunities for these small moments. I am recognizing that it’s these small moments that life is made of.

I started seeing a new hairdresser about 6 months ago. She did an amazing job with my hair, but I didn’t make another appointment until today. In a position like hers, there are people constantly coming and going and I didn’t expect to be recognized right away. I heard the question in her voice when she called for me as she clearly didn’t remember me by my name. I was pleasantly surprised when I turned and her face immediately registered recognition and a huge smile crossed her face. She exclaimed how good it was to see me. She even asked about the kids right away. We made small talk and I enjoyed a little pampering ‘me’ time. As I was getting ready to pay she went through the pleasantries of wishing me well and hoping to see me soon. I made my way around the desk and she quickly realized (or remembered?) that I wanted a hug. I didn’t even need to ask. Before the words were out of my mouth her arms were wrapped around me and she exclaimed with heartfelt emotion how good it was to see me again. This was one of those moments that fill me with gratitude that I have learned to slow down. I lived in that moment.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.



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