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The Lightbulb Moments that Teach Us to Slow Down


There’s nothing like a newborn to make you realize how fast time goes by. Her eyes locked onto mine as she lazily sucked her bottle.

I looked around at my friend’s family room, where I sat feeding her baby a bottle. The sofa strewn with burp cloths and swaddling blankets, the kitchen counter lined with bottles waiting to be cleaned, the pacifier hidden almost out of sight under a baby swing (because as a rule, pacifiers are never within sight when you need one).

I remembered the years when my own home was strewn with baby paraphernalia, but we’ve since donated the baby gear and retired the crib that carried our three children through babyhood.

Locking eyes with that baby was just the lightbulb moment I needed—to remind me not to hurry through each phase but instead to savor where we’re at.

Since that night, I’ve been thinking about other lightbulb moments that we experience—and how helpful they are in keeping us tethered to the present.


Keep an eye out for these 7 lightbulb moments by joining me today at No Sidebar:

The Lightbulb Moments that Teach Us to Slow Down

Thank you!


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