The End of the Day

Today was one of “those” days. Nothing went as planned, I didn’t feel well and I found myself looking forward to the end of the day. I couldn’t wait to get home, have supper, put the kids to bed, and just chill out.

At around 5:45, I was getting ready to leave the office but I had one more phone call to make. I ended up chatting with a client that I haven’t seen in a while and we caught up for a few minutes. As we discussed the weather and when our cold snap would be over, she said something that stopped me in my tracks. She said, ” Well, it’s not great but we can’t spend our time wishing our lives away.”

Wow. How often do I live in anticipation of the next thing? The weekend, vacation, spring, the baby to sleep through the night (which thankfully he’s done for a long time), Christmas… the list is endless. It goes back to what I’ve written about before: being intentional and living in the moment. I don’t want life to pass me by while I’m waiting for the next thing. I want to enjoy the journey itself.

So the boys are asleep, the fire is on and my feet are up. I’m in a much better frame of mind than I was in earlier. Thanks to Karen for putting me back on track 🙂

Be Intentional.

Today was a busy day! I think all of us are a little under the weather. It was a sweet day, though. In the midst of all the hectic activities, I was able to spend about an hour with Colin. My car was low on fuel after I picked him up from school and he wanted to fill it up “like Daddy.” Since it was cold (and he’d never done it) I wasn’t wild about the idea. But — he asked very sweetly and I agreed. The first pump was broken. We drove over to another one and started the process. He had questions about everything! Why are there three kinds of gas? What would happen if gas got on me? Where does the gas come from? Do trucks put gas in the ground at the gas station? I found myself becoming impatient and wanting to hurry him. I then remembered what someone had said in Bible study last week about being intentional about the things that matter most to us. I slowed down, listened to my son, answered his questions, and let him be a “gentleman” and pump gas for his Mommy. What a sweet time we shared as I quieted my spirit and made sure that Colin had my whole heart and all my attention. We talked quite a bit on the way home and even sat in front of the house for about 20 minutes while he shared a dream that he had last night, a special game he played at school, and an experience that “hurt his heart.”

There was nothing new about the time we shared today. I love spending time with my sons and talking to them. However, today was special because I realized the importance of being intentional and living in the moment. Too often I’m worried about my list of things to do or whatever it is that I have to take care of in the next hour or so.

This evening I spent some sweet time with Davis as well. He was upset because it wasn’t his turn to build a Lego helicopter. He was also tired. I distracted him with a story and he then entertained me with stories of his own. He loved that the time we spent together was all about him!

Soon my sons will be of the age where I’m the one trying hard to get them to share their thoughts and their dreams. I want to treasure this time where they give me that gift freely. I’m sure that I will miss these special times. I’ve already experienced how quickly time flies!

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