Saturday, October 13, 2012
Live in the Moment
With this pregnancy I have found myself doing alot more sitting than I'm used to and alot more living in the moment, although not intentionally. I really am ashamed at how many moments I have missed throughout the years because I've refused to allow myself to just sit and soak in the moments. We live in a culture where we are praised for being overly busy. We call this being productive- a real go-getter. I call this missing out on life. In the time I have allowed myself to just sit and be available to my children I have become so much closer to each of my children. I have read more books, sung more nursery rhymes, answered deep questions about God, listened to fears of not being the only boy anymore in about 2 months, made up stories about bunnies and ponies while my 3 year old and I sat and cuddled on the couch. I've always known that my children are blessings, but over the last few weeks I have really come to see how fleeting these childhood days truly are. And it makes me sad how we as mothers try to rush through the different stages of life looking for better days, not realizing that these are the better days. Each stage of life is a precious stage. One day before we know it our house will be quiet and clean and we will look back on these days wishing that we would have enjoyed the moments more. Soak in the laughter of your children, the smell of a freshly bathed baby, the army of children piled in your bed because of a thunderstorm, the endless questions about frogs, indians, and fossils.
Take it all in and live in the moment.
Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow. Do you know what you’re doing when you spend a moment wondering how things are going to turn out? You’re cheating yourself out of today. Today is calling to you, trying to get your attention, but you’re stuck on tomorrow, and today trickles away like water down a drain. You wake up the next morning and that today you wasted is gone forever. It’s now yesterday. Some of those moments may have had wonderful things in store for you , but now you’ll never know.”
Jerry Spinelli (not sure who this is, but loved the quote)
Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.