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So simple, yet so profound. Our minds seem to always be traveling back to the past or toward the future. We usually aren’t 100% present in any moment. And that’s really not a good thing. Our lives are made up of moments so if we really want to enjoy each day, we must savor each moment.
I had an English teacher that used to always say “be here, now.” I was a day dreamer… I still am. And my mind is constantly wandering so I do need a reminder every once in a while to take in the moments that are happening instead of preparing for the one that comes next or mulling over ones that’ve already passed.
This Sunday was a “be all there” kind of day for our family. Since moving into our house, lots of changes have taken place. Our schedules are different, my daughter is now going to preschool, we’re still unpacking, decorating, and working on home improvements. We’ve added yard work to our already never-ending list of chores. It’s been pretty exhausting. All of this work has caused us to overlook the fact that we’ve accomplished a pretty huge life goal- we own a house!! Ahh!We haven’t really taken a moment to sit and reflect on all that we’ve accomplished in the last year.
We’ve been talking about updates, renovations, remodels, painting, landscaping, furniture, light fixtures, on and on and on. So focused on the future that we haven’t taken a minute to relish in the now, in the really big and exiting step we took. And it led to a lot of stress and a lot of exhaustion.
So this past weekend, we decided to just sit and enjoy our house. We watched movies, ate popcorn, did puzzles and played make-believe. It was so great to just relax in the space we have now rather than focus on future alterations.
We made some sacrifices, but it was more than worth it! I didn’t get the grocery shopping done, no meal prepping, skipped my weekend chores. So it did add a little extra work into our coming week. But instead of focusing on the week ahead and all the extra work we might have, we chose to be in the now, We chose to make the most of a couple of lazy days.
Everyone needs time off once in a while and this was ours. Being a parent, working full time, raising a family, it really takes a toll. Since there aren’t any allotted days off, you have to just take them when you need them.
It was good for us. It was good quality family time and a little self care all rolled into one weekend.
No matter what you decide to do with your time, whether it’s meal prep for the week , redecorate your living room or spend time with family, be all there. Commit to the moment. If you’re constantly worrying about the past or stressing about the future, you never give yourself time to enjoy the present.