{In The Moment}

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Living in the moment.
It sounds so easy, doesn't it?
Simple, in theory.
But it's not always so easy.
Whose with me here?
Always looking ahead...planning for what will surely come next.
The next project, chore, duty, meal, task, stage.
Hurrying ourselves, our kids and our lives.

Hurry up so we can...what?
Take a bath, eat dinner, get out the door this very second, to be on our way to the grocery store...
so we can get back home in time for...
Wait- what is exactly is the big hurry again? 
Because sometimes, I forget.
Is it just so dinner/baths/bedtime isn't fifteen minutes later than I wanted it to be?
Really? Is that what we're hurrying our selves and our kids and our lives for?

When I really stop and think about it...it seems dumb...and kind of silly...
Because all this rushing and hurrying must mean I am missing out on some little moments, right?
Some little moments that could be big, or pretty or important...or even just regular, mundane moments...
that I would have missed otherwise.
Man, I hate it when I realize I am doing that.
Sunday we left my niece's Birthday party and instead of rushing home, we walked along the
lake for a few minutes so the kids could get some (much needed) fresh air.
It was a beautiful, sunny day.
The lake was actually shimmering and the sky was so blue.
The sun was warm. The nicest day we have had in what seems like forever.
I would have hated to miss this just because I rushed the kids into the car just so we could get home
so I   could get them in their rooms for quiet time, just so I could have my quiet time fifteen minutes sooner. That would be dumb.
So I'm reminding myself today, just to be in the moment.

Since I am living in the moment and not thinking ahead (to my checking account balance) I am browsing around Etsy for a necklace to order. For myself. Because I want a new one. A really, really cute one.
Any suggestions? Favorite shops? Send em' my way!


  1. I am there with you. I completely know what you are feeling right now. I feel like I have been going through that alot lately. I am always planning events, or purchases months or more in advance and I always feel like we need to get home from places in time to get kiddos in bed so I can have a moment to myself...I feel rushed all the time. I am trying to live more in the moment too. Love this post! ;)

  2. This is so true. I love holidays for this exact reason, there is no rush, you don't have to make excuses for taking your time or being laid back. Time just slips away and you can savour each moment for what it is. Living for the moment is surely what life is all about, isn't it?
    Lovely post today Amy, Thanks xxx

  3. hello amy. i somehow stumbled onto your blog. i can't remember if i've commented yet to tell you how much i enjoy your creative pictures and writing. so if i have, consider this #2. and if i haven't, well, i really do enjoy it.

  4. i am guilty of the same thing. i am learning that there is a difference between living each moment and living in each moment. thank you for the lovely reminder to savor each moment, as i live it.

  5. What a great post! I have such a hard time living in the moment. I'm trying ever so hard to do so. But always feel frazzled and hurried.
    This reminds me of a favorite quote of mine:
    "Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are." - Norma Jean Iron

  6. WOW!!!! So TRUE!!!
    Thanks you for making me take a moment to SLOW DOWN and LIVE IN THE MOMENT. Whew! I needed that :-)

  7. such a good post and so very true.
    this has been on my heart lately and i love reading your thoughts on it. p.s. i've been crushing on everything in the shop- http://www.etsy.com/shop/roundhousejewelry

  8. awesome post. my new years resolution to "savor every day" has been tough at times, but it's so amazing when we actually do! thanks for the reminder.

  9. such a great post...thanks for the reminder to slow down. Beautiful pictures! Allora handmade has beautiful necklaces on big cartel.

  10. hmm. i'm with you there.
    sometimes, it's the fact that my littlest sister is growing up way too fast that jolts me. *sniff sniff*
    definitely working on enjoying the moment i'm in. :)

  11. I'm so here with you! What a beautiful post that really got me thinking! Unfortunately I can't give any recommendations for etsy necklaces at the moment. I remember I read somewhere about necklaces - will look for that again and tell you when I find it.
    Your photos are gorgeous btw!!

  12. So funny you post this. These are things my husband and I have been talking about. I always tease my dad that he is always in a big hurry to go nowhere. LOL!
    Thanks for sharing. Gorgeous pics!

  13. Yah, the concept of living in the moment is simple. I think the snaps you've shown are moments that we glimpse (or you glimpsed) while in the moment. It is learning to stretch those times we are actually in the moment, that is what we are doing. Who DOES care if the kids get to bed five minutes later? I used to but have slackened off a lot this past year, just being at peace with pretty much whatever is going on. Of course, I have my crazy times but they are fewer and farther between.

  14. With this weather, we have a very good reason to be slowing down huh? Great post Amy, thanks!
    Have a happy night

  15. Thanks for the simple reminder. :)

  16. I'm giving away an amazing necklace over at my blog....hand-stamped....customized....unique....and if you win? FREE ;-)

  17. I am with you.... I feel like I am always rushing around..... like a lunatic most of the time. I not only miss moments... but ruin them with all the bossing/ordering/scolding/snapping I do. Ghahhhhh...... I hate it!

  18. Guilty. One thousand million percent. Guilty.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  19. Yep. Don't I know it.

    I'd like to be transported to that lake, please.

  20. great post! and by the way, your shot was featured on my post for today :)


  21. This was my new years resolution and I've just realized that lately I haven't been slowing down enough to just enough life. No wonderful I always feel like there isn't enough time. Thanks for the slap in the face, uh, I mean reminder. ;-)


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