At Church this past Sunday. We had to have directory pictures taken. As we get ready to take a photo with my current family– two adults and a very tall teen, my mind goes to memories of past photos. It is a amazing the organizational finesse it takes to coordinate wardrobe and smiles for a family of 6! It has been 25 years since a family photo has only had 3 people.
Then I think, in only a few years we will be an empty nest couple. Oh my, what will that be like?
Suddenly, the photo shoot is over and we are on our way. I realize I missed a moment in the present by having my mind other places. I did not relish this this time with these special people in my life. While remembering is good and anticipating the future reality is important, how often do I miss these special moments of life right now? As a photo captures and freezes a moment in time, I will never again have the opportunity to live this moment again. While I don’t want to create anxiety or stress about it, I want to consider how can I really enjoy and celebrate the now?
What am I thankful for today ?
How can I celebrate this ?
For me, it is being thankful for my family as it looks right now- Embracing this “teen boy who almost a man” stage. Speaking words of encouragement , rather than nagging.
I will celebrate by going out to eat (really it is so reasonable for 3 to eat rather than 6). There will be fewer distraction than at home. Also, I think, we need a professional photo session for just the 3 of us. I usually try to arrange a time for everyone, sisters, spouses, grandchild etc. But, it will be a really fun thing to share and celebrate our now moment.
What about you? How is your present and what can you be thankful for and celebrate??
On a more personal level, I want to look at aging this way too. I will only be 52 for this one year. Rather than wish I were younger and regret the years and wrinkles, how can I focus and embrace this time and make it the best it can possibly be??
Again I ask, what am I thankful for and how can I celebrate the now?
I will write a blog of encouragement to others and then celebrate by listening to the BeeGees and dancing while I sweep my porch. Also, I have a birthday coming soon- how shall I embrace the day? Do you have any ideas for this?
What a great day! How will you celebrate it?