in the moment

By Wednesday, January 08, 2014

It’s that time of year again, the one where diets are started and stopped, resolutions are set and forgotten, hopes are high and reality hasn’t sunk in yet. As you can tell, I am not a big fan of making grand statements of change. It’s hard to change. I know, I’ve tried. I’ve tried to be less spastic. Less emotionally charged. Less of a yeller. Less of an over-reactor. Less me (wink). It’s really tough to make a big change in your habits, your personality, your temperament.

Taking things a day at a time, being conscious in your actions in the moment is what I strive for. No human is perfect – we are all fallible. But what is amazing about human beings is that our imperfections make us who we are (for better or worse) and make the world such an interesting place in which to live.

As I tell Pickle – who is very hard on himself at times – that trying your best is the most important thing – not winning, not being the BEST at something, not the medal at the end of the race. Trying, with passion, with all the effort you can expend in that moment, is what makes life full and better. Trying — in the moment — to be the best mom, the best spouse, the best employee, best friend, etc., is what we should strive for – and remember that in each moment the definition of “best” varies and may mean just getting by without losing your mind that you can’t find that matching mitten or that pot of water is boiling over on the stove because someone got “hurt” again and needs another Band-Aid and a kiss, or getting out the door on time without forgetting something.

So, that’s my goal for this year: to breathe deeply and take in each moment, knowing that some moments may be pretty low on the scale of “best,” but accepting that it was the best I could do … in the moment.

Wishing you peace and love in the New Year, -s.

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