Be like the sun: move slowly, radiate warmth, shine

The summer so far has been a busy one, and last week was especially crazy. At the end of the week we were still playing “catch-up”, and spent a good part of Saturday morning rushing around trying to finish up errands and tasks that we didn’t have time for earlier, before we headed out the door for a family activity.

Rushing leaves me and Chris grouchy and the children whining, and it makes me resent things that sounded fun when we planned them.

By Saturday evening, I knew that it was time to change the pace. We made the rest of the weekend about slowing down and ignoring the “to-do” list. Once the pace slowed down, we were able to enjoy ourselves. And that, my friends, is how I would like the rest of this summer to be.

So, I am giving myself a personal challenge: to be like the sun.

Be the Sun! Move slowly and compassionately, especially in disciplinary situations, bringing warmth and light – it’s a tall order! You may need to practice.”
-Sharifa Oppenheimer, Heaven on Earth

Radiate Warmth

I’m striving to be mindful of what my family hears from me. I want to focus on listening to myself and how I speak to my spouse and my children: am I talking to them with love? Or, am I barking orders and rushing them from task to task?

In discipline situations, am I losing my temper? Or am I reacting with a measured voice and a gentle but firm tone? Am I getting louder as the children get louder? Or am I staying the course, moving slowly and compassionately, to guide us out of the moment?

Move Slowly

Summer comes and we try to squeeze events, outings, and family get-togethers on the calendar before school begins again. If I’m not mindful, it would be easy to get caught up in a faster pace. But there are only 24 hours in a day and seven days in a week, no matter how fast we move or how full we fill them.

A few well-chosen events that we can enjoy and from which we make memories is better than rushing from event to event and not feeling like we get to enjoy any of it.

Enjoy the Sunsets

The literal sunsets are lovely, of course, but what I mean here is allowing myself to take a break and enjoy it, guilt free. Even the sun sets and lets the moon take over for a while.

We need down time in each day.

New Chance to Shine

Every day is a new chance to shine. Perhaps I was grouchy or spoke too harshly yesterday. Maybe I set goals for myself that I didn’t reach or said something I regret. We all have moments we wish we could take back. But, every day is a new day, a time to begin again.

A fresh chance to shine.

Have you been feeling rushed lately? Remember this week that you are someone’s sunshine, so slow down, radiate warmth, and shine!




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  1. Prerna@The Mom Writes

    LOVE this!! I’m writing down the quote in my planner as a reminder to myself.. For even though we’re having a fairly slow summer, I’m naturally inclined to be more schedule-oriented and find myself getting irritated when things don’t go as per plan. Thank you Kara for this gentle and much-needed reminder!

  2. Ann

    Great plan! I think I have no choice but to follow it. I especially love the idea of radiating warmth.

  3. Jessica

    Wow… I never thought that maybe I’m someone else’s sunshine! I really relate to the move slowly bit. I have a newborn baby which makes things busy enough before you even add in all the appointments and social events. I feel under so much pressure to be the social butterfly so that everyone can oooh over my little girl when I desperately just want to slow down and simply, be. This has encouraged me that it is alright for me to do so. Thank you.

  4. Victoria

    Wonderful words to start my week. Thank you. I agree sometimes summer can seem to be all about squeezing in as much FUN as possible that we truly don’t experience the kick back and relax element of summer that can be so good to refuel the engines for fall.

  5. Amy Rogers Hays

    What a wonderful picture, Kara! It really resonates with what I’ve been meditating on this week: being gentle is always better. A gentle word. A gentle admonishment. A gentle confession. A gentle preference. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to remember, but it always goes better if I’m gentle! I tell the toddler most days what I need to hear myself: Jesus gives us a gentle heart to use gentle words and gentle touches.

    • Christine C

      I really love this article! And Amy, thanks for the quote about Jesus. My kids are about to hear that a lot!!!

  6. Carrie

    Oh my! I love this! So much goodness here 🙂

  7. Faigie

    But, you do have to be careful. Don’t forget that the sun burns as well

  8. steadymom

    Beautifully said, Kara!

  9. Monique B

    Well said and a lovely reminder for us all!

  10. Elizabeth

    Beautifully put kara, thank you. I too am working on being with my family with more grace and greater mindfulness. Your metaphor of the sun really works for me, thank you x

  11. Janice

    What a great thought – ‘be like the sun’ (or SON)…I love the thought of radiating warmth…..needed this today. THANKS!

  12. Niha

    Wow, I feel like you wrote this just for me. Especially the bit about getting louder as the kids get louder. My patience has totally depleted this week with a naughty toddler snd sick baby. I appreciate your kind words!

  13. Kimberly Smith

    Love the metaphor. 🙂 I’m having a rough day and your post was the sunshine I needed. 🙂
    Every day is a new chance to shine. We don’t always get it right, but we have an opportunity to try again.

  14. Catherine @simplebeautifulandlovely

    Hi Kara, such good advice and a timely reminder about how rushing makes things stressful that should be enjoyable.

  15. Wiebke

    Thank Kara. I love this reminder. Ever since my son started school I have been feeling so rushed and hectic. We all bark at each others more than we speak compassionately from our hearts. I take this article of yours to heart. Thank you!

  16. Kourtney

    Thank you. This writing is a great blessing to me.

  17. K

    Any chance you can talk more about this?

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