“Guess I can mentally plan my to-do list,” I thought as I bemoaned my driving decision. Of course I had chosen the route to the store that was under construction.
Library, bank, maybe the dollar store – do we have time for the dollar store? What did I need to get there again?
A tiny voice pulled me out of my reverie. “Look! Mommy, the flowers are dancing!”
I turned my gaze in his direction and discovered he was focussed on the weeds at the side of the road that were flapping in the wind.
I wasn’t particularly stressed out or harried that morning, but his preschooler observation derailed me from my “gotta-get-it-all-done” attitude of the day. The days when I keep looking toward the next thing. You know what I’m talking about. When you aren’t present in the current moment, but rather jump two steps ahead to your other tasks or obligations.
Life is busy, and some days are more hectic than others. Seasons of life bring their own challenges and obstacles. But with these hurdles also come opportunities for joy and wonder. It is easy to let the stress and pressure dictate our responses and attitudes, but it is so much better when we don’t.
I can choose to look toward the next chore on my list, the next meal I need to plan, the next load of dishes I need to wash, or I can take a breath, pause, and put on the lens of a three-year-old. Try it with me, you’ll be amazed at what you see.
Rainbows in the patch of oil in a parking lot.
Birds perched at the highest tip of a tree.
Leaf impressions left on the sidewalk.
A bean bag chair can be a pirate ship, beware the alligators on the bedroom carpet.
The floor really is hot lava.
The farting noise when you close the garage door.
The realization that you can be invisible just by closing your eyes.
The way a stick takes on magical properties and transforms into endless possibilities.
When I let these moments take priority in my day I smile more, feel more at ease and calmer. Yes, those chores need doing, children need to be fed, toilets need cleaning (repeatedly), but they needn’t be my focus.
Every day we make choices. We can choose to begrudge the extra few minutes that road repairs cause or we can watch the flowers dancing.
I see them, you’re right – they are dancing. Thank you.