Twice in the last thirty days, I have seen this poem…and I know that God is speaking to me. Leisure is what I’m lacking…
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?–
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
He wants me to stop. Stop and enjoy the blessings all around me. Give into the joy of leisure, and not let me heart feel like it must “do” in order to be worthy to my people. Stare at what is worth remembering.
And my people love it when I stop and stare and give them the most precious gift of attention and admiration.
I love the time after Christmas and before the New Year, when our family pauses and huddles together at home enjoying our new gifts, eating holiday leftovers and desserts, and snuggling together on the couch. It is truly a time of year when I set aside responsibilities and instead relax from the hustle of Christmas and just enjoy my people.
I need more of these days in 2017. Just the other night, Ryan and I lay in bed discussing how fast 2016 went. How time is flying and we wished we could just press pause on life. We love this stage of life, the ages of our children, and the lifestyle we have created. But it feels like we can’t ever press the brakes!
Focused attention on my precious peeps is what will slow things down. I WILL create and make time to stop and stare!