If your family is anything like mine, the last week before school starts can be rather hectic. By this time of year, I am generally looking for a little more structure and routine. Even my children, although they would probably deny it, are ready for school to begin. For the most part I have given up on most of my housekeeping expectations and keep telling myself that I can pull it all back together once the kids get back in school. It seems that every conversation and every activity is revolving around what is going to happen next week.
Today I had a rare moment of clarity. As I looked at my almost-kindergartener I remembered that the moments–those sweet, lazy days of summer moments–are ticking by. We still have a number of items on our to-do list that really must get done this week. I am still looking forward to a slightly more organized home next week. It’s just that I realized I don’t need to make next week my focus. I can still accomplish all that I need to without my thoughts being swept up with the events of next week. When I concentrate solely on next week, I miss the moments of today. Today’s moments might only include a few that I would like to remember. However, if my mind is taken up with tomorrow, or next week or 3 months from now, I could miss even those few moments that are memory worthy. I need to live aware of the moments I am in now.
This isn’t a lesson that I need just for this last week before school. This is something I need to remember every day. In the next few days as we finish another summer and hit the ground running for our school year schedule, I pray that I will be mindful in the moment so I don’t miss it.
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