Friday 5 February 2016

Now is Now

A cup of green tea at the end of the work day provides a moment of pause and an opportunity to regroup before the after school/evening activities.
Watching my girls play and listening to their constant narrative. It makes me smile and laugh aloud when I see that time and time again they prefer to play with paper dolls that they have drawn and cut out themselves rather than the actual dolls that are sitting untouched in the toy bin.
Reading this book. I finally got it from the library mostly just to see what all the fuss was about. To be honest, I am a naturally tidy person and do not identify with many of the "problem areas" identified in the book, however there is always room for improvement, isn't there? I have learned a few things and I am planning on a good sort through of my clothing this weekend.
So there you have it, another week. There were many moments this week when I felt completely in the Now, completely present in the moment; it is wonderful to feel this way after existing in such a hurried and distracted state for so long and I love being able to share some of these moments in this space.

That being said, and in the interest of keeping it real, there were moments this week when I wished the day was a little longer so that I could fit more in, when I added too much to my 'to-do' list even though I now know better, when I spent all my time getting ready for the next day and did not for a minute relish the day I was in. Needless to say, I felt tired, irritated and frustrated. But then I began to think about the realities of life and my perspective shifted. I began to think about how present I felt over the course of the week on average rather than on a strictly daily basis. I quickly came to realize that the Now moments were there, the calm was there, the enjoyment was there, I just needed to step back and look at the bigger picture. Mondays and Tuesdays are very full days for our family (work, school, dinner, Girl Guides) so sitting with a cup of tea at the end of the day is not realistic if everyone is to eat and get to where they need to be on time. It is usually these days when I feel most overwhelmed by all there is to do and my inability to stop even for a moment. But when I step back and look at the whole week, the hurry and demands of those two days are diluted by all the other times when I was present and enjoying the wonderful moments, people, ideas, and things that were right in front of me. Perspective is a truly powerful tool, my friends, and even a small shift can have a dramatic effect.

I hope you have all had a wonderfully present week. Thank you so much for reading.

(Read more about Now is Now here)


  1. Oh it sounds like you had a nice week. Your daughters are just adorable! Enjoy the weekend.