I love this quote paired with the saying I've heard that goes something like, "A no to one thing is a yes to something else."
I've spent time since I've read this quote, and since the beginning of the new year, pondering what my yes's and no's will be this year. I DO know this-when I move at a slower pace, when I am not rushing, when I am calm and organized and purposeful, when I don't have too much on my plate, I enjoy life.
I am a much much better mother to my children when I say no to the crazy pace of the world, no to all the noise that seeps into my brain from the technology that has a way of sucking us all in-and yes to slower days, yes to less outside commitments, yes to less stuff in our home, yes to being present. Being present means being aware-not someplace else in my brain, not being distracted by a phone or an email, or doing too many things at once, or thinking about what I need to do or say next.
It all sounds so easy-simplicity, but in reality it's much more difficult. It means making conscious decisions that require self-discipline, it means letting go of guilt when using the words "No, thanks", and it requires constant reminders and resets in my brain to not respond to the hectic, materialistic, competitive world that can bombard me if I let it.