Time flies, doesn’t it? School has begun for some, and for others it starts soon. Maybe it’s your child’s first day of kindergarten, junior high, high school, or entering the campus life. Some of you may be grateful to get back in the swing of things, with more structure in your day to day life, and more fun in which to load the calendar.
But for all of us, (regardless of what year of school your child is in, if you even have children, or where you connect to this web of educational growth), we all need to learn to cultivate more “presence” in our daily lives despite all the changes going around us.
Time flies because we often lose sight of what truly matters. We get stuck in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and the next thing you know, your baby is now a freshman in college. Sounds familiar, right?
As much as this world wants us to continue to speed up every aspect of our lives, we need to pay attention to the important moments in life. Don’t get aggravated at the “yield signs” in life to cause us to slow down, or sometimes the annoyance of slowing down for the “school zone speed limit.” Use these as a reminder to truly SLOW down, enjoy the little moments, and release your foot from the gas pedal because you aren’t truly in control anyways. I think these signs are often there, not solely for cautionary purposes, but to remind us to pay attention to the little amazing blessings that are right in front of our eyes.
How long will your child be discussing colors and numbers at pre-school, crushes, school lunch, or how much they love a particular subject and despise another? Exactly, no one truly knows because each year is different!
Rather than figuring out tomorrow while you are just getting up out of bed, do your best to prepare while staying present. Listen while everyone talks and engage in conversation. Really listen, and drown out the inner dialogue that’s telling you that you don’t have time to slow down. One day, its not going to matter if your laundry was piled up or folded up, whether dinner was gourmet or simply handmade, or whether or not everything on your agenda was completed. There will always be something that needs to be done, but there won’t always be a first grader standing before you with their backpack all jam-packed with school supplies, with excitement in their eyes as they begin their formal educational beginnings!
Ask parents with children who are grown adults now or even deceased, what moments they wished they could relive again. Ask them what they wish they could “do over.” I’d bet money that it was all the little things that sometimes got ignored that they would gravitate towards, without one answer replying another load of laundry.
In all aspects of your life, love the present moment, and hug it tightly. Give it all of your attention. When life speeds up, be appreciative of those “school zone speed limits” and “yield signs.” They are truly a blessing in disguise.
Have the best FUEL-filled day ever!
CEO of MangoFuel LLC