Today’s moments

Today’s moments will never happen again. Hopefully you will have tomorrow’s moments but the ones you experience today will never be repeated exactly same.

We were with all our children last night for dinner and there were moments with my daughters, granddaughters, son in-laws and my wife that I will never have again. Sometimes we get so caught up in what is going on in our life that we can miss the moments because we are thinking about something else. My oldest granddaughter was sitting beside me asking questions about this puzzle she was working on. I could have brushed it over and hurried through it. I didn’t. We took that time to read the instructions and work the puzzle and to fully focus on that moment. My youngest granddaughter came and crawled into my lap and was looking at me and talking to me. I could have just given her a kiss and set her back down and hurried through that moment. I didn’t. I looked at that little face and our eyes connected and we had us a little moment that will be a memory for me.

What am I saying? I am saying that the pressures of life can make us hurry through moments that we will never get back. If the thing you are thinking about causes you to miss the things in front of you, I would advocate that we need to pull back and reassess.

When my daughters were little we were broke and in debt. That pressure weighs heavy on a dad and can and does cloud the thought process. I know I was engaged in many moments when my girls were little but I also know that I missed many moments because of debt and financial stress that was on my mind.

Once you have done all you can do, that really is all you can do. Hearing someone tell you to not worry sounds good in theory but very hard to do in the real world. We all as adults carry with us emotions, events and baggage that make it hard to let go and be in the moment.

Forgetting life’s baggage and always focusing on the “now” moments is probably not practical but we could make the conscious effort to be aware of what is going on around us and to make a real push to be in today’s moments. When that son or daughter is looking at you and wanting to talk, God help us all to be alert, aware and fully engaged. In my experience we don’t get many of those chances. Also we never get to pick the perfect moment for us when we have everything in perfect order before we start into that moment. That is why it is called a moment instead of an appointment.

Choose well, choose today, choose the important things and choose today’s moments. KT

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