As I prepared to debut my blog a little over a year ago, I knew it was critical to come up with a powerful tagline. For months, I’d wake up in the middle of the night scrambling for a piece of paper on which to scribble what I thought was the perfect motto for Hands Free Mama. It quickly became a daily occurrence to wake up to a barely legible phrase that, once again, wasn’t “the one.”
But one momentous day, the following seven words came to fruition on the treadmill tray in front of me as I ran: “Letting go … to grasp what really matters.” That was it! That was the essence of living “Hands Free. “ When it comes to distraction and what really matters, you can’t have one without letting go of the other.
You see, when I was living my highly distracted life, my hands were full – overloaded with electronic devices, excessive commitments, endless tasks, and a constant flow of superficial “stuff.” Yet, my life felt EMPTY. In my unsuccessful attempts to perfectly “do it all,” I completely lost touch with what really mattered in life. I lost sight of my purpose and became immune to life’s simple joys. There was no longer time to laugh, play, and make beautiful memories. I was missing more than life – and it wasn’t pretty. In fact, it was nearly tragic.