Slice of Life Story Challenge Day 18 -- Thoughts of Chocolates and Clocks
Dove chocolates.... Mmmmmmmmmmmm!
Dove chocolates are individually-wrapped chocolate candies which come with inspirational messages printed on the inside of the wrappers.
The chocolates taste SO good that I find it's hard to eat just one. Which is all right, I guess, because the package says that one serving size is five pieces. (Five pieces, really? Wow.)
The little messages inside the wrappers are fun to read. They are motivational or inspirational in varying degrees. Sometimes they make me stop and think: "Revive the art of conversation." Sometimes they are mushy: "Kiss and tell" or "Learn something new about a loved one." Some of them are empowering: "Make the first move."
I ate a few Dove chocolates yesterday (I obviously did not stop at just one) and the message that resonated with me yesterday was this one: "Ignore the clock."
Ignore the clock. Yeah, right. Does that candy company know how hard it actually IS to ignore the clock? Our daily lives completely revolve around the clock! School, work, sports, sleep, chores, meetings, and even entertainment all run on schedules. Ignoring the clock is all but impossible for most of us, most days.
Still, there is something to that advice. Shouldn't we all slow down once in a while? Shouldn't we give ourselves a little break now and then? Don't we deserve that?
That "ignore the clock" message hit me at exactly the right time yesterday, because yesterday was my first day of Spring Break. "I can do this," I actually thought, "I will have the opportunity to ignore the clock at times during this week." I was excited by the possibility!
I decided right then and there to pick a day or two this week when I will try to ignore what time it is and just do whatever I'm doing. Get lost in the moment. Have fun and enjoy life. It sounds wonderful!
As I've thought about this more since yesterday, I've realized that I don't have to limit this "ignore the clock" message to my Spring Break. Sure, this week it will be easier to disregard the time. But next week, when I'm back in school, I should still attempt to find moments when I stop watching the clock. We should all make the time to take that advice. We can, and should, all do that!
Ignoring the clock is not impossible. We just have to make up our minds to allow ourselves to do it.
JudyK March 18, 2018