"In the Moment"

Family breakfast

I’ve been thinking a lot about togetherness lately because of the holidays and because my sister and her family were visiting from Chicago.  We’ve been doing a lot of “things” together during there visit… talking, eating, sharing memories, and we’ve even spent a fair amount of time washing dishes.  We didn’t grow up with a dishwasher, so there is nothing that drags me back to my teenage self like standing at my mother’s kitchen sink doing dishes. 

The kids have also spent a lot of time snow skiing with their cousins and their aunts and uncles.   I’ve been reflecting on this and I’ve been thinking about just how special this is.  These ski outings are really the times that they’ll remember and cherish as they grow up.  “Remember when....” I picture them saying when they’re sitting around the table, much like my brothers and sisters do now.
 
 I’ve also realized that I am the most “in the moment” when I am doing things with my family – and by “in the moment”, I believe that means that I am truly happiest in those moments.  I have no desire to think of anything else – living in the past…nope.  Worrying about the future…eh, that can wait until next week when they’ve gone and I have less important things to do.

 
I’ve also come to appreciate and recognize those “in the moment” times for others.  I recently performed at a birthday party for an old friend’s young daughter.  There were three generations of family members shaking eggs, singing, dancing and rock ‘n roll jumping.  My heart was filled on that day for them because it was a family memory that they were making, and I could just feel the love and joy that was present in the music.
 
I’m curious about other times in which people are completely “in the moment”.  Is it on a roller coaster (not for me, thank you – I’m definitely living in the future….when am I gonna get off this thing!?!) , walking on a beach, at a family bar-b-que?  What’s your “in the moment” moment?

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  • Woody Woodward

    Woody Woodward Rochester, NY

    I am just like you Nina! I am never more in the moment than to have the opportunity to sing, dance, and perform for the people that I love the most. It is such a joy for me to see the smiles, the dancing, and all the singing going on around me as well. For everyone just to be able to sit back and to enjoy the time we have together. I also enjoy it when friends and family come to visit and when we can host and have everyone together for all the right reasons. As I reflect on your thoughts, it makes me think about how much I enjoy hosting family parties and events and to be able to cook, clean, organize, and to do all the little things that make the perfect party complete. I do it all with love and with the goal of making sure that we all get to share some good quality time together in this rat race of a world we live in. I use to say "That there are so many things in life we all want to accomplish but we have so little time on this earth to get them done." Now, through the grace of God, and through the patience,the unconditional love, and the counseling that my wife has extended to me over the years, I have changed my thoughts and prioritized them in this order. 1. God 2. Family 3. Work 4. Friends

    I am just like you Nina! I am never more in the moment than to have the opportunity to sing, dance, and perform for the people that I love the most. It is such a joy for me to see the smiles, the dancing, and all the singing going on around me as well.

    For everyone just to be able to sit back and to enjoy the time we have together.

    I also enjoy it when friends and family come to visit and when we can host and have everyone together for all the right reasons. As I reflect on your thoughts, it makes me think about how much I enjoy hosting family parties and events and to be able to cook, clean, organize, and to do all the little things that make the perfect party complete. I do it all with love and with the goal of making sure that we all get to share some good quality time together in this rat race of a world we live in.
    I use to say "That there are so many things in life we all want to accomplish but we have so little time on this earth to get them done."
    Now, through the grace of God, and through the patience,the unconditional love, and the counseling that my wife has extended to me over the years, I have changed my thoughts and prioritized them in this order.

    1. God 2. Family 3. Work 4. Friends

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