Presence | Every Moment Counts

I recommend to you to take care of the minutes, for hours will take care of themselves.
— Lord Chesterfield

Life is short.  

We've all heard it a thousand times, how short life can be. I always knew this to be true yet never fully lived as if today could be my last. As I held Adeline in my arms, I learned a secret and a new way of living a "richer" life. 

On that day, my world stopped. Time stood still and I experienced true presence.  The kind where no one else exists and you can feel every second. I knew we'd only have moments with our daughter, and I wanted to enjoy every single one. 

Looking back, I remember what it felt like to hold her in my arms.  I remember how soft her cheeks felt. I remember watching her dad carry her around the room. In those moments, those dark, painful moments, a sense of peace washed over me. I couldn't help but smile. I got a taste of the divine that day. I was allowed to be in the presence of an angel. My angel. 

I was in the presence of true love, in its purest of form.

In the months following Adeline's passing, I found myself craving that stillness again: something, anything, to make the world slow down as it was all happening too fast.  I wanted to find a way back to the peace and tranquility I felt that day with Adeline in my arms. I wanted to find a way to live my life in a more present state. I wondered if cultivating a more mindful lifestyle would help. 

I started reading about mindfulness and started a morning yoga practice.  I began to ask myself, "Are you savoring this moment? Everything from doing the dishes to writing these words.  Are you savoring it?  Are you fully present in the experience you are living right now, in this moment?"

When I started practicing mindful habits, I noticed how my current task, whatever that task may have been, intertwined with the world around me.   For example, as I write these words today, I'm sitting on a patio at our favorite resort. We planned a quick getaway this weekend and it's been raining all morning. In the last hour as I've been writing these very words, the rain has stopped, the squirrels have come out, and the sun has begun to shine brightly through the breaking clouds. There's a slight breeze, the birds are chirping, and a sparkling pool and chaise lounge is calling my name! 

I'll sign off for now, but before I do I'll ask you, "How do you SAVOR your life?"

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