In the Moment

The other day my five-year-old said something simple yet profound.  “Mommy!  There’s no rush.”

Hmmmm, let me absorb that.  Mommy, there’s no rush.

He was right.

We were pulling out of the driveway and I was in a tizzy because we were running late.  But really, late for what?  We weren’t heading to some save-the-world meeting, we weren’t en route to assist in an emergency.  We weren’t even heading to kindergarten.

But this is what happens to me: I seem to get into a mild state of anxiety as soon as I think I’m late for something or someone.  Doesn’t really matter how minor the situation is.  I can almost feel my pulse speed up and my irritation factor go up a notch.

Is that what most of us do these days?  Rush through our schedules – and life – on auto pilot?  Run around here and there, check email and voicemail ridiculously often, juggle the various aspects of daily life – instead of focusing on what’s actually happening in the moment?

Anyway, there I was, feeling late, and BAM!  My son brought me right back to where I was supposed to be… the present.  It was an important reminder.

So, instead of worrying about where I’m headed or where I’ve been, or what I may do later or have already done, I’m going to focus – or try very hard, at least – on where I am and what I am doing.  Right here, right now.

It’s time to look at what’s right in front of me.  A child wanting to play.  A friend needing an ear.  A star-filled sky.

Enjoy it – this moment will never be back.

And hey, there’s no rush.

What about you – are you always in a hurry?  (How) do you remind yourself to slow down and notice what’s happening “in the moment?”  I’d love to hear from you!

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Kira November 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm

What a lovely post. So true! It’s easy to get caught up in an endless to-do list. Enjoying the scent of the fall air and hearing the wind in the trees brings me back to the moment.

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Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) November 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Kira! I’m looking out at a beautiful autumn day as I write this. So calming.

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alexdk3 November 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm

yes, live in the moment! that is so important, each moment is precious unless we are always looking ahead (or backwards). great post.

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Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) November 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Thanks Alex! Sometimes it’s easy to forget, isn’t it? So glad I was reminded. Kids are great at helping us to be “present.”

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Nancy November 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Its like you put this here for me to read! A reminder- hey Nance, slow down! There’s no rush! Tell J that that will be my mantra for tomorrow and if I’m not so good at it, maybe we should all get together and play awhile!

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Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) November 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Nance, I’m glad! I’ll let him know. Keep me posted on how the day went.

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