24 September 2012
unschool monday :: rhythm revisited
I've been trying to sit down and sort out where we're all at, but life just seems to be moving at such a pace that it's nearly October and my plans to get my head around and instil some kind of rhythm for our little family seem to have been thwarted by it all... We've been getting up and just going with the day for a long time, and it is fantastic to do that, as Shae pointed out so beautifully last week. But as a permanent state of being, spontaneity doesn't help with Mt. Washmore. It doesn't always ensure that each of my Owlets is heard. And it doesn't always mean that we make the most of every day. Some days are just hard. And not at all effortless (Cybele, I'm looking at you ;)). I have a feeling that once organisation happens, mindfulness will follow... But perhaps it is the other way around? At any rate, the days this year where we have followed some sort of basic flow for the day, and everyone has understood it, are often the easiest.
I'm feeling like our days are starting to form some natural rhythm of their own now that Tiny is bigger... I just need to inch one step ahead and start beating the drum a little louder and more steadily.
Because we hate routine. We like our days to flow, but we'd rather that it become second nature. Something we don't have to think about. Something that is always there, setting the day's pace, while we dance to the beat of our own drums.
Rhythm is good for our little family and ensures everyone's voices are heard. It reminds me to pause. It makes time for all the things to happen. And it sets a clear, seamless boundary for when it's time to flow on to something else.
I'm hoping it will help keep my head clear. I'm hoping it will help us enjoy quiet moments more, rather than worrying about all the shoulds... I'm hoping it will help us just. slow. down...
I'm hoping to begin afresh this week. Wish me luck. xx
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