I made a conscious effort to enjoy the present today. As I walked back from dropping my son off at nursery, I thought to myself “I am not going to let my mind wander to what next and where we are going” , “I’m just going to enjoy this moment, our lives at present and not sleepwalk through today in anticipation of tomorrow”.
So this meant doing things slightly differently. I rode my motorbike to a meeting and discovered I had turned up to the wrong building in the city and it was going to be another 15 minutes trying to navigate my way to the correct building. When I finally discovered the right road it was closed and I was running late for my meeting. But, I just reminded myself to enjoy the sunny day on my bike and focus on the journey rather than panic that I was going to be a few minutes late. Turned out the people at the meeting were not worried about it and I arrived relaxed enough to do what I needed to do. Refusing to let any panic set in had kept stress at bay. That was helped by enjoying the moment. It’s a positive side of being mortal that because you don’t know how much time you have left, you have no choice but to enjoy what you’ve got.
When my children returned from school, instead of worrying about the bath and bed routine, we all sat down including my husband and played a game of kerplunk. Before I knew it, we had improvised the game and had progressed to having a marble race by blowing through straws. Just before bedtime I was judging a dancing competition between my son and daughter. There was lots of fun and for some reason it felt like a weekend, as if we we weren’t allowed to have this much fun on a weekday.
So, if you are reading this, I hope it has served as a reminder to enjoy the moment and find something positive in the here and now……tomorrow can wait.
This blog is for UNICEF.
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