Present… It is so easy to want to bundle this year up and move on, but there are still minutes and days that need to be lived. There are moments that will be missed if I choose not to be present. Being present has been a discipline that I have had to choose. It is one I am still learning. It is easy for me to run ahead and miss the moment before me. I cringe when I look back and see how many moments I missed because I was rushing to the next moment physically or mentally. I have to choose to be fully present, which takes intentionality on my part. I often come back to Ann Voskamp’s quote on being fully present to slow time:
Time is a relentless river. It rages on, a respecter of no one. And this, this is the only way to slow time: When I fully enter time’s swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention, I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here. I can slow the torrent by being all here. I only live the full life when I live fully in the moment. And when I’m always looking for the next glimpse of glory, I slow and enter. And time slows. Weigh down this moment in time with attention full, and the whole of time’s river slows, slows, slows.
I try to remember this and enter into the moment before me. When I do, there are so many gifts found in even the smallest moment, and precious treasures are often stumbled upon in the most unlikely, and even hard moments if I would choose to stay in them and be fully present.