Operation “Slow Down” – Step 5 – Focus on The Have-Nots, Not the Haves

Operation “Slow Down” is a continued effort I’ve been making to try to make life slow down!  I want to put the focus back on quality in my time, not on quantity.  So far we’ve focused on:

  1. Taking time off from technology
  2. Being outdoors
  3. Doing one thing at a time
  4. Paying attention to the one-on-one interactions I have with the people in my life

Recently I’ve added a fifth:  Focus on that have-nots, NOT the haves.  In other words, try to spend time reflecting on those who are less fortunate than you.

This society is obsessessed with the ‘Haves’… In the world of the ‘real housewives’, people (and by people I mean *cough* ME!) are becoming so fixated on those who have more, do more, make more, are more this or that.  Rarely do we focus on those who have less than us.  And not just material things..  I read on a blog once that moms tend to focus on what other moms do and what we don’t do, rather than focus on what we’re doing.  We unnecessarily beat ourselves up instead of telling ourselves things that would make us more content.

So I’m making an effort to indulge in those ‘have-nots’.  I ordered a bunch of books on Amazon about people in hardship… Those living in poverty, those who are victims of racism.. Even one book about a mother who was expecting a child with down syndrome.  And I’m trying to make more of an effort to keep up with the news.  Yes, it’s depressing as heck.  But I believe that it’s important to keeping me balanced and straightening out my priorities.

Saira Siddiqui

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