“The key is this: Meet today’s problems with today’s strength. Don’t start tackling tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow’s strength yet.You simply have enough for today.” – Max Lucado
This is an incredible quote and it’s one that I think speaks to so much of life. Often times I find that we are busy moving pieces around and juggling in an effort to keep all the balls in the air. We find ourselves diving into tomorrow’s problems and challenges before we’ve even completed today and faced what today has put in front of us.
What if we all took a breath and accepted that all we can do is what’s in front of us at the present moment. What if we chose to be present over perfect?
How’s that for a notion? As parents, we can easily get caught in the trap of perfection. Lunches need to be ‘on point’ and birthday parties need to be ‘lit’ (don’t you love my usage of the language of today :). We break our backs trying to make it all perfect. The perfect clothes and for those with older children assignments that look like they belong on Pinterest rather than in the folder that gets handed back to the teacher.
We are consumed with the need to improve or to deal with the days ahead and it robs us of today which is, in fact, what only matters. This moment, right now, as you’re reading this, this is the only moment that you have. The next moment, as you move on from reading this post, may I encourage you to be present and to truly be in the moment. Don’t worry about tomorrow, about what is to come but rather bask in the presence of the now.
We need to learn to live in the now. To savour the moments and to truly be. As we do this, we will not only be refreshed personally but we will refresh those who are in our midst. Our homes will feel different, our kids will experience life differently and we will create atmospheres that are craved.
When we relax into the present we become present and from this space, we truly live.
Practice being present. Don’t fret about what is left undone. What needs your attention or the problems that may or may not be there when you wake tomorrow. Simply BE and allow your heart, mind and soul to breathe.
Enjoy one another tonight and let each person in your home know that you are with them – entirely.
Be blessed and know that today is yours to hold, to cherish and to enjoy.