If I could live anywhere, I’d live…

…in a peaceful, vibrant, low-stress place known as the present. I’m not sure what’s keeping me from relocating. It’s not the property taxes, real estate prices, or the school systems. In fact, I understand the quality of life there is unbeatable.

Stuck in my current habitat, I’m constantly thinking of my to-do list. When I’m at the park, I’m making a shopping list in my head. At Costco, I am thinking about what time I need to be home in order to make dinner so that Sweet Pea can get fed, bathed, and put down by her bedtime. While I am bathing her I am thinking about what I am going to have for dinner. While I am sitting down to dinner, I am checking my phone to see if there are any urgent text messages. Which is ridiculous, considering the two people with the greatest chance of needing me urgently, Dan and Sweet Pea, are within 15 feet of me.

I do visit the present on a regular basis. Like, when I’m running, and the only thing on my mind is how my breathing feels, or what the Flatirons look like, covered in a wash of pink as the sun rises. I visit the present when I sit in the glider chair in Sweet Pea’s room, nursing her and marveling at the softness of her cheeks, the fineness of her hair, and the way her plump thighs beg to be squeezed. In those moments, I can really see myself being happy in the present full-time.

Don’t worry, I won’t just up and move and disappear on you. I’ll stay in touch. I just may not return your texts or emails as quickly or like or comment on your Facebook status as often.

I probably didn’t have to go all the way to Hawaii to get my mind into the present. Although it didn’t hurt.

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14 thoughts on “If I could live anywhere, I’d live…

  1. Janine Huldie says:

    I think we all need a reminder to live in the present once in awhile and thank you for the reminder here. Also thank you so very much for linking up with us and so happy to have you join in the fun!! 🙂

  2. OhBoyMom says:

    This was great and I completely agree that living in the present would be the best place to be…I am just like you with that never-ending to-do list and it stresses me out! Thank you for the reminder to try to live for the moments…

  3. Kristi Campbell says:

    I need the same reminder. Thank you for giving it to me. I actually get up at 3 am because I remembered something I hadn’t written down and know I’ll forget unless I do it right.now. UGH.

  4. Melanie Chisnall says:

    You’re so right. Living in the present is probably the best place to be, right now. I need to do that more often, instead of living in the future. Visiting from FTSF link-up. 🙂

  5. Katia says:

    What a great post that every mother can identify with. The lists attack me in bed sometimes when I try to sleep. I too would love to visit the present more frequently. I have a baby and a preschooler who are my guides to the present, but I don’t run. Have to figure out a way to get there without third party assistants.

  6. Chris Coyle says:

    I had to look up Flatirons, assuming you weren’t talking about hair care LOL. You’re right, they would be pretty awash in pink as the sun rises. 🙂

  7. clark says:

    I totally am in agreement with the others that a) the present, the ole here and now is where we should be and 2) this is a very good Post/FTSF thang

  8. Terrye says:

    Brilliant post! I’ve visited there and even sent myself a postcard once. I’m still waiting for the postal service to deliver it. 😀

  9. Angie says:

    “…what the Flatirons look like, covered in a wash of pink as the sun rises.”This makes me what to start running, although I do not think the view is quite the same in flat IL.What a fun post to read and a wonderful way to look at it!Blessings,Angie

  10. Melissa S. says:

    Right now is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. Or something like that. You’re probably doing better than you think, based on the picture of your adorable family!

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