This last week, I've had a lot of time to sit and think. (Of course, I've also had a lot of time to sleep, read, and take pain medication too, but that's beside the point.) I feel better and better every day and today, as I was laying on the couch, my daughters came in and I took the time to love each one of them in turn. I got to visit with them and love on them and just hear what kinds of things were on their minds. I also saw them playing with my husband; hiding things in a treasure box, dodging and throwing balls, jumping off benches, and running and shrieking from one side of the room to the other. Now, I realize that these activities give most mothers cause to raise their eyes, including me. But these are pretty regular activities once Daddy gets home at our house. So, tonight, I wondered why it made me so happy to sit and watch.
First of all, I seldom sit and watch. Usually at that time of day, I'm doing something else, making dinner, doing dishes, helping with homework, etc. But tonight, I was content to let the leftover flautas reheat in the oven, leave the dishes in the sink, and sit on the couch. I always make time in my day to play with my children, read to them, visit with them. That's part of the fun of being a mom. But I never seem to enjoy it like I did today.
It really made me wonder how often I stop and enjoy life. I see it and even document it with pictures. Sure. But how often to I enjoy it? So frequently, I'm trying to get somewhere, or get something done so I can do something else or go somewhere. I seldom stop and allow myself to enjoy my children like I should. I'm too concerned with having dinner ready on time or whatever.
And tonight, as I watched my children being silly and vying for the most attention and doing the craziest of things, I realized how much I will regret later in life if I don't take time to sit and enjoy my kids from time to time. I can't do it all the time but I can sometimes. And I can certainly put off dinner for 15 minutes or leave the floor a disaster. Taking pictures can only give you so much pleasure. But memories can make you happy for a lifetime.
So, if you're looking for a little different take on life today, I encourage you to take 15 minutes and enjoy something about your day that you usually miss; the sunset, a phone call to a loved one; something. It's only 15 minutes and it will lift your day so much. If you live for tomorrow, your life will be filled with a bunch of empty yesterdays. Live for today!