Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

it’s 9 am, it’s sunny and cold and I can see some snow on the mountains caps while sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and my computer.

Tommaso is having his morning nap and I can have a few minutes by myself. This me-time is precious. It helps me to free my mind, to let it wander off. It’s a beautiful liberating feeling. It also helps to recharge my batteries so I can be more present when he’s awake. I don’t feel selfish for these feelings, I think we all need some time for ourselves. Time to do whatever we like or even to do nothing. I’ve read about this topic lately on different blogs. Maybe because we’re always so busy doing things we’re supposed to do, making lists and not taking some time to just do what we’re really craving to do. We should all listen to those little voices inside us (you have those too, right?) telling us to slow down, make something with our hands, read a book, do some sketches, go for a walk or just sit on the sofa and do nothing. There has been so much talking in the last few years about slowing down, but I think most of us are even busier than before pretending to slow down.

Do you know one thing that really helped me? I’ve stopped writing down to-do lists. I’ve never liked them, I’ve always felt obliged and constricted by them, never true to what I am. So I’ve stopped making them. And yes, I’m do feel much better. Maybe it won’t work for you, but listen to that little voice and go and do something that makes you feel good today. and do it again tomorrow and then the day after. Because this life is the only one we have.

P.S: the title is my ever favourite quote, from Arthur Ashe.

1 Comment

  1. This certainly chimes with me. With the intention of slowing down, doing less and taking notice, more often than I can to admit, this doesn’t happen and I end up run ragged. I shall try harder after reading your lovely piece.

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