|Random pic to appreciate. |
Kitten helping me fold laundry!
The advice--I have to paraphrase because I can't remember it, and it's so odd I won't be looking it up to make sure I get it right. Brace yourself. Here it is:
You can do it, if you stop living in the present and focus on the future.
I reel even as I write that because I'm thinking about what it means. Throw away the present, and focus on the point in time you cannot control? I probably should have read the whole article, but how could I? I've spent years trying not to speed time up just so I can get to the next thing.
When my son was almost six, and my daughter was an infant, I stopped them on our daily walk at a point on a hill, where we could see Pearl Harbor from our neighborhood. We were about to move back to the mainland, and my son, who'd spent most of his life in Hawaii by then, was sorry to go. I asked him to remember as hard as he could, and maybe this moment, this piece of his present would stick in his memory and he could look back and live in it for a second for the rest of his life.
Appreciating what I have and where I am is a theme with me, and a theme in my stories. I like control. I always wish I had more of it, but in a secret, that's really bad for you kind of way. What I really want is to live in each second of every minute I have.
|I have a book out!|
I'm greedy for all those moments. I'm not ignoring the happiness, or the ones that might be sad or angry or even hurtful for any kind of future.
Here's some advice. Live in your right now. It's a gift no one else in the whole, wide world receives.
What's your theme? Give me a piece of wisdom you've learned, or maybe that you're still trying to learn. Even if it's just--don't get so wound up about some random Facebook headline. :-)