The cat asks to be let in
Our Christmas trees
The cat drinks the tree water
My knees are scarred
The cat gets in the way
On the stairs
When packages hide my view
The new couch
Is shredded in one spot
The cat refuses to use a post
My niece has a scar
On her left thigh
The cat didn't want her
In his room
I pray every night
To hear his incessant begging meows
For brown tree needles
For more stair trips
To see sofa foam
To give him that room
I miss my cat and wish he'd come home
If I could go back to me a week ago
I'd whisper in my ear
This is the sweetness of life
These little annoyances
I read an article that introduced me to a deliberate practice that has helped me be more present.
Is this the Last Time you get to do this?
This question isn't meant to scare or put one into scarcity. It is a precious reminder that this moment is, well, precious.
My son has long hair. It is hard to brush. I help him in the morning and sometimes it is just hard.
I am blessed to be with him on the mornings I brush his hair. Now, if it is a struggle, I lovingly run my hands over his silken (gnarled underneath) tresses. I slow it all down and LOVE how delicious it is to be a mom who has a son.
I told my son about it and he sort of laughed. Yet, weeks later he did something he hasn't done since he was four. He used to stand at the top of the stairs and call for me in the SWEETEST voice MOMMA!
(I taught him to do this as a toddler when he woke up in the morning... I'd come get him in such a fun way.)
It was beautiful to get a Last Time Do Over. I felt so very grateful.
I'm learning to be super present by slowing moments down as if they were the last time. Thank you author of the article below. :)
Say Yes to Everything
For a week.
Of course, put some boundaries around it.
(My boundaries were: no travel required, no going with strangers in dark allies & no messing with my son's schedule)
Say YES to every request or ask.
Of course, do not tell anyone you are doing this.
Just do it.
There are so many articles out there about saying NO, so I wondered how it would feel to embrace the chaos of YES.
It was total chaos and bliss.
It took me to places I value.
I threw me off of my 'to do' list and into the present moment.
YES is the new NO. or is it KNOW.