Do you have any rituals in your daily routine?
For some of us, a daily ritual might include fluffing all the pillows in the family room and pushing the start button on the dishwasher before going to bed, or picking up a personal electronic device and checking email first thing upon waking. Those rituals are important to keeping our daily lives moving in a rhythmic fashion. We need them to help us function effectively in our super busy, fast-paced lives.
As much as we need those functional rituals, we also need personal rituals too.
Most of us don’t take time for ourselves. As women, we generally are attuned to the needs of those around us, putting the needs of those close to us before our own.
Sometime during the day each of us needs to pause in the midst of everything, if only for a moment.
If you were to ask my husband, he’d tell you that I’ve never been very good at hitting the pause button in my life. Very early in our marriage he discovered that I relaxed when I had a cup of real homemade cocoa and a cookie. And so he created a ritual for me at the end of my day.
Towards bedtime each night he asks me if I am ready for my cocoa, and if I am, he cooks it on the stove for me. It’s his way of serving me… of encouraging me to pause from my various roles. Even if it’s the simple pleasure of enjoying a cup of cocoa and Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies.
Mmmm… just the thought is a treat!
Are you a constant motion machine? These days as a writer, my body might not be in constant motion, but my fingers and mind sure are. It’s imperative that we allow ourselves moments to pause…. even if it’s to enjoy something as simple and yet delightful as a Milano cookie.
It’s in those moments gratitude seeps into my heart.
It’s in those moments I’m grateful for a God who loves me beyond imagination, my patient husband, my generous friends, my fulfilling work, the sounds of the birds feeding near the window, and the rays of sunshine in the midst of cloudy days.
A moment of gratitude savored with a Milano.
A moment of transition from the striving to simply being.
A moment where my heart is revived and fills with joy for the journey.
Pepperidge Farm Milano encourages you to take a moment for yourself; to pause from the many roles you play and focus on yourself. In my case, that means enjoying a Raspberry Chocolate or Double Chocolate Milano with a cup of rich homemade cocoa. Mmmmm.
Do you feel like you’re a constant motion machine?
Carve a moment from your day, each day, to pause and savor the goodness of life.
What would your Milano moment look like?
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