Lately, I think my kids spill their milk at the table at least four times a week. No lie. Some of the more spectacular spills involve various family members leaping from their seats to avoid being drenched, entire plates of dinner awash, or a huge sodden mound of napkins and placemats to launder at the end of the meal.
“SLOW DOWN!” I find myself yelling. “IT’S NOT A RACE!” I know that if my kids just didn’t rush so much, they would be able to keep their glasses in the full, upright position. But they’re kids – they’re naturally in a hurry. Still, it’s just a teeny bit frustrating. (Okay, it’s a lot frustrating).
Anyway, my “missing” Hawaiian flight reservation was a great example of how I should practice what I preach. I have a nagging suspicion that my reservation was missing due to user error – mine. I’ve been juggling a lot lately: I’ve got a job, a husband, two kids, and this blog, plus I’m the manager of Bear’s Little League team, I’m on the PTA Board, I’m a room parent at my kids’ school, and I just got accepted into an intense writing workshop. Also I’m in Physical Therapy because my foot is falling off. And I have a few friends that I like to see sometimes.
So yes, I am busy…but aren’t we all? Stuff goes awry when there is too much going on. Something’s gotta give. Things fall through the cracks. Realizing that maybe this had become the norm rather than the exception in my life, I decided to back up and sort through all the papers on my desk, read all of the email in my inbox (yikes!), and review all of my pending travel plans. I cross-referenced and confirmed and double-checked…and you know what, so far it has saved me over $200.
For starters, car rental rates have dropped significantly since I booked our travel. I’m not even sure why I reserved a car so far in advance; I’m sure I had a good reason at the time, but now I have no idea what it was. (Note to self: always double-check to see if rates have changed in the weeks and/or days leading up to a trip.) I also discovered that I had a few receipts to turn in for reimbursement from Feecation.
All of this feels like free money. However, I never would have noticed if I hadn’t taken the time to SLOW DOWN. I’m glad I did, because IT’S NOT A RACE. And my main point is that YOU CAN DO IT TOO!
I hope your slowdown also yields rewards. As always, if you’ve got any tips or stories to share, I would love to hear them.