Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Living for now

We have one direction in life -- Forward. No matter how much I want to go back in time and revisit past memories, all we are given is the now. I have been trying more then ever to live in the moment. I am guilty of always looking ahead or looking behind, but I rarely live in the moment. Put the phone down, shut off the computer, and just BE.

To just BE means to me to be fully present. Not thinking of future plans or past mistakes, but to have all of your energy and thoughts on exactly what's going on right at that moment! I feel like I have missed out on some of my babies growing up (even though I have been here the whole time) but a lot of the time, my mind is somewhere else. I love studying my kids. Watching them learn something new. To see their little faces get so excited over something so seemingly simple is priceless to me. I try to engrave these daily images into my brain so I never forget it. When all is said and done, my perfect little family is all that I live for. The reason I get up in the morning, the reason I work, the reason I want to be better- it's all for them.

I have so much to learn from my little Simon & Cohen.. They have unconditional love for everyone. They forgive easily. They are generous and loving and only want to do good! They have never judged something or someone and they see everyone equally. Christ said  “Verily I say unto you, unless ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven." -( Matthew 18:3) 
To me that means being just as they are. Forgiving easily. Being generous. Loving unconditionally. staying present and living for now! It sounds so simple yet we all seem to have the hardest time with it.

Send that note to the friend you’ve been neglecting; give your child a hug; give your parents a hug; say “I love you” more; always express your thanks. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. Friends move away, children grow up, loved ones pass on. It’s so easy to take others for granted, until that day when they’re gone from our lives and we are left with feelings of “what if” and “if only.” The author Harriet Beecher Stowe said “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”
Thomas S. Monson- 'Finding Joy in the Journey'