Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Live in the Moment

“Live in the moment.” Surely you’ve heard that before and discovered living in the moment is easier said than done. Our pasts color our present and future with memories and experiences. Our futures are unknown, leaving our presents fraught with anticipation or anxiety. If we think too much about the past or future, we will miss out on the here and now. Yes, memories can give us joy, and experiences give us lessons. Planning for the future is good and responsible. But thinking too much about either leaves us without a present.

Karina Sabac http://www.karinasabac.com/, a concert pianist, says that music is one thing in the moment. If you think about anything else for a second, you miss playing or hearing the note, detracting from the piece as a whole.

Stop right now and notice the sights, sounds, and smells around you. During what activities do you concentrate solely on the activity and nothing else? What activities make you feel most alive?

This year’s Easter sermon reminded the congregation that because of the resurrection, we need not fear death. The pastor’s main message, though, was that we need not fear life.

Dare to live in the moment—one moment at a time.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day

An Irish Prayer
May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Saturday, March 8, 2008


It has come to my attention that adults don't celebrate enough. The nitty gritty details of life get in the way, I guess. Bad news bombards us from multiple sources, chores must be done, and life turns into one big, bad to-do list that does not contain fun.

People are surprised that I celebrate my birthday--at my age! This year, I invited several friends and threw a dinner party--no gifts, just food and fellowship. (Well, ok, they brought gifts anyway, but that wasn't my intent.) Since then, I've attended two other friends' birthday parties, each in the style of the hostess. One greeted me at her door wearing a pink feathered tiara. She celebrated her life's journey with humor, confidence, and elan. The other wore a spring dress in a tropical setting (our local botanical gardens) on a wintery day. Her party warmed our bodies and spirits (see above. The candle flame on the cupcake is the same color as my friend's dress!)
Birthdays come but once a year. Holidays are sporadically sprinkled through the calendar. How about finding something to celebrate everyday? Even a little thing? Today, I am celebrating the yellow and white crocuses blooming in my otherwise brown backyard!!
An embroidered sampler sums up this kind of celebration well:
"Catch the simple and the ordinary
and turn it into the happy and wonderful
--You can do it everyday"
What are you celebrating?