|photo credit: Nina Cochran|
But, in my head, I was already out the door, to preschool & back, in the house & had hungry children waiting for lunch. Because that's how most Fridays look to me. And because, particularly as a mom, I feel like I am constantly 10 steps ahead of right now.
Feeling a little embarrassed, I drove to preschool wondering how many times I was busy planning for the next thing while I missed the present. Or how many times technology & the need to be connected has actually disconnected me from the little living, breathing, cuddling, giggling (or screeching) humans with whom I spend most of my time.
Honestly the phrase "live in the moment" seems wise but unattainable. Like all good techno-moms, I Googled it to see if anyone else could lend some advice or insight. WikiHow has a 6 step program, eHow has a 7 step program to perfection & numerous other sites list things like taking time out for self (does the 2 minutes I locked myself in the bathroom today count?), surround yourself with calm (these people never had toddlers) or escaping from material possessions (perhaps Christmas didn't throw up at their house this year like it did at mine). Honestly nothing really struck a chord with me.
Is it possible to live as a mom in the moment?
I'm not usually a New Year's resolution kind of girl, but do try to test my limits, get uncomfortable sometimes & try thing that aren't easy in the name of growth. So here's my plan to start living in the moment, in a 3 step program none the less.
- Turn Off - less time on the computer, internet & iPhone
- Go Low - more time on the floor with the munchkins
- Get Outside - more time in the great outdoors