Do you ever feel that you are constantly in a hurry? I do. I'm in a hurry for the washing machine to finish its cycle so that I can transfer the clothes to the dryer. I'm in a hurry for the dryer to finish so I can unload it and hang up the clothes. I'm in a hurry at the check-out counter at the grocery store. I'm in a hurry to return home and put the groceries away. And so it goes.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to get things done, to accomplish the tasks necessary to keep a home and family going. Every day, if we're lucky, we have things we must do. We applaud ourselves when we do them quickly and efficiently.
What do I miss, though, when I hurry through everything? I know I missed sweet moments in my children's childhood when I was hurrying them through morning chores. Similarly, I missed quiet, reflective moments when I read to them because I was focused on the next thing to be done.
When I look back on those days, I don't remember the chores that did or did not get done. I don't remember the laundry that didn't get folded or the floor that didn't get swept. What I do remember are those times when I was fully present.
So, for today, I am grateful for times when I remember to savor the moment.