I am contemplating time this morning… My youngest child, Abbie, will be three years old tomorrow. Where does the time go? On Friday night my husband and I will spend our fourteenth New Year’s Eve together!
It seems as we grow older that time truly does speed up. When we were children a year seemed like an eternity and now you blink and it’s gone! This seemingly inconceivable perception leads naturally into the notion of living in the moment. Being in this moment. Really stopping to experience where we are right now. I have been practicing this confounding concept for years, and still I feel I am light years away from the place where I am actually living this understanding.
In a reality where we plan play dates weeks in advance and schedule endless appointments, get togethers, vacations, anniversary and birthday celebrations, etc… etc… In a time where we are almost always “looking forward” to something; it becomes all too easy to miss the forest for the trees. (Or perhaps it is the trees for the forest?) To literally look forward and miss the in between moments that make up our lives. The laughter and smiles and tears. The conversations and interactions. The sunrises and sunsets. The hugs and kisses and tender, touching moments that may not warrant the fanfare of a holiday but are so much more precious.
Once again I am compelled to quote the late, great John Lennon, “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” This is so very true. We can make plans from now until the day we die, but the real moments that a life consists of are the in between. Don’t let your “in between” moments go unnoticed. Be here now. Cherish the little things, notice the details, the intricacies that make-up your days. Don’t wonder where the time went, spend it wisely; immerse yourself in the minutiae. Then, when all is said and done you will know that you have truly lived every moment of your life.