The beginning of a new year is always a time of reflection for me...
A lot of thinking, yes, but I made a very important personal realization:
It occurred to me that I was not fully enjoying the day I was living, the moment I was in...and this needed to change.
I was struck with the fear that in my flurry - in my constant 'get things done' mode of operation - that I was missing things. Bridget just celebrated her ninth birthday, and for me nothing puts the passage of time into perspective more than the birthdays of my children...
I came to the realization that I need to start living in the now a little bit more. Enjoying the everyday moments more. Not that I hadn't been at all - there were many, many wonderful moments in the past year that I fully embraced - I just realized that I was not doing this as often and completely as I could, and as I wanted to. I had let the hustle and bustle of life take over.
One word kept coming to mind: Now.
About the same time as I came to this realization I stumbled upon this gorgeous print: Now is Now
Of course, there will always be lists, weekly laundry to do, school lunches to make for the next day, a soup to cook for the busy week ahead, party preparations, grocery shopping....this is the stuff of life.....but in and among all that I need to take the time to enjoy the present day. To experience and revel in the now. Seize the moment in front of me and enjoy it for what it is.
Because Now is Now.
This, my friends, is my direction for this new year.
Now is Now.
I've hung my print on the wall in the kitchen, an ever present reminder, and to keep my focused on this direction and to help me along, I am going to share with you photographs of my Now moments on a weekly basis...
I wish you all a wonderful day and please enjoy the little moments happening right now....
(I took all the photos in this post one afternoon when I got home from work and the sun was finally shining, seizing the moment to capture photos of a few of my favorite things.)