Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hands Free {A Pledge Worth Sharing}

I stumbled upon a blog a few weeks ago that really caught my attention. It's called Hands Free Mama and it's written by a mom named Rachel who is determined to remain committed to what really matters and NOT to miss her daughter's childhood. Her intent is not to guilt anyone, but to call attention to a growing trend in our country of distracted, disengaged parents and adults.

I tend to be a "do-er" and I'm definitely a list maker. I often feel at my best when I'm busy, hard at work, and accomplishing things. In my race towards productivity each day, I need to be especially conscious to slow down and not miss the little people (and the big husband-y one) who are standing right in front of me.

Rachel frequently shares her Hands Free Pledge at the end of her blog posts, and I thought it was worth passing along today.

The “Hands Free” Pledge 

I’m going Hands Free.

I want to make memories, not to-do lists.

I want to feel the squeeze of my children’s arms, not the pressure of over-commitment.

I want to get lost in conversation with my spouse, not consumed by a sea of unimportant emails.

I want to be overwhelmed by sunsets that give me hope, not by extracurricular commitments that steal my joy.

I want the noise of my life to be a mixture of laughter and gratitude, not the intrusive buzz of cell phones and text messages.

I am letting go of distraction, disconnection, and perfection to live a life that simply, so very simply, consists of what really matters.

I’m going Hands Free.


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  1. What a beautiful pledge. So simple and powerful!

  2. I'm with Brooke - it is a beautiful pledge!!

  3. Great post---it's SO easy to get caught up in the to do's right! Thanks for sharing:)

  4. Love this! I often get caught up in working my way through to-do lists & miss out on what's going on with my kids right in front of me. Thanks for sharing this great reminder!

  5. memories and not lists- love it.

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    happy fourth!

  6. Cherishing moments is so important. Thank you for sharing. Just stopping by to say HI! Found your blog via Red, White and You. Looking forward to reading your future post.

  7. This is great. Love the idea of making memories not to-do lists.

    Visiting from Red, White and You!



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