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!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

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.


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.


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.


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.”


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!


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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