I have just started reading a new book.
I picked up some words of wisdom which I would like to share.
"It's like washing the dishes. If you focus on getting the dishes done so that the kitchen will be clean, you miss everything that happens between dirty and clean. The warmth of the water, the pop of the bubbles, the movements of your hand. You miss the life that happens in the middle zone - between now and what you think your life should be like. And when you miss those moments because you'd rather be doing something else, you are missing your own life. Those moments are gone. You will never get them back.
The writer Annie Dillard says, "How you spend your days is how you spend your life." Be unwaveringly honest. Ask yourself how you want to spend your days."
How you spend your days is how you spend your life.
The time is now.
I needed a reminder.
I read that before bed.
And went to sleep with a renewed sparkle.
And this morning, Annie reminded me of just this fact.
How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.
She went out and picked flowers for breakfast.
She set her little table.
So that we could sit in the sun and eat our breakfast in the sunlight.
With her lovely flowers.
But I didn't see it initially.
I said, "Come on, we are going to be late for school."
Since getting to school on time is so much more important than paying attention to what you daughter is doing.
And she said, "But Mom, I did this for you. I wanted you to sit in the sun and enjoy a lovely breakfast."
I felt like such an unenlightened fool.
I thanked her for the wonderful table and great company for breakfast.
And we were late for school.
Did it matter?
We spent our morning in the glory of the Spring sunshine.
While Xavier took the flowers out of the vase and drank the water!
That is how I spent my day.
That is how I am spending my life.
Blessings to you.