Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Slow It Down July 13, 2014

It’s pretty funny to me when mom says it out loud. Mostly because when she says it, I feel like she’s bringing my thoughts to life in a way only words can. “Stop it,” she’ll say to dear baby Carter. He keeps growing and getting stronger and more independent and we all know it’s all very good. He is hitting all of the baby milestones as he should be. He’s almost crawling already for goodness sakes. It feels like yesterday he was just a teeny tiny blob of joy (and tears). So mom tells him to stop it. I know she’s being silly, but it’s true sometimes.Life.

I think it’s kind of like wanting to hit the pause button on a beautiful moment. We’ve had a lot of those lately.

Like today, when we as family celebrated the birthday of my forever mom. She turned 29 today, and with that came a variety of moments I wished I could slow down. Moments I wish I could pause. Like the special time we all shared cuddling together this morning. Her and dad and baby Carter and I. Or the breakfast mom and dad shared on the patio. Or when aunt Morgan came to watch Carter and I while mom and dad went exploring somewhere. Or when they came back with treats for everyone. Or when Carter fell asleep on mom for the first time in a long time and she cried tears of joy. Or when mom and baby Carter swam laps around the neighbor’s pool (otherwise known as mom kicked around and Carter was along for the ride).

These are some of the moments that happened today I wished I could pause.

“God gave us the gift of life,” said French Enlightenment writer Voltaire, “it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”

It’s pretty funny to me when mom says it out loud. Yet I know it to be true. Sometimes we need to stop it. Sometimes we need to pause. Because it is when we do, when we slow down and take in everything happening around us, that we are reminded of the gift life truly is. In these moments we don’t just know joy. We live it.


4 Responses to “Slow It Down”

  1. utesmile Says:

    You are all having wonderful moments and they are worth pausing for. They are a beautiful memories though never to be forgotten. Keep enjoying the gift of life and do live well and in the moment! I am sure mum had a great birthday and bringing you treats is even better! yum!

  2. Lyn Says:

    I hope your Mom had a wonderful birthday, Wiles (I bet you gave her lots of birthday kisses 😉 ) I know the feeling about babies growing, I can’t believe that Little Man Harry is already 10 weeks old. I think I need a grandbaby fix, I’m suffering from withdrawal symptoms 🙂

  3. …and living inside that joy is really the best place to be. It’s all so fleeting, but yet lives on inside you forever when you take time to live it in when it’s happening. Happy birthday to your mom! My mom barely remembers being 29, but she’s pretty sure it was a great age.

    Love and licks,

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