Best Practice: Be Present


It’s epic to begin a new season, leaving summer behind as we get ready for fall.  As wonderful as some of the changes can be, the daily challenges must be navigated.


It’s easy to become so immersed in what has to be done that the day is missed.

The thing is . . . it’s often easier to see the mistakes, misunderstandings, and messes of the day . . . rather than the gift of it all.  In this perfectionistic world of comparison it’s important to remember:

It’s not about perfection. It’s not about comparison. It’s about being present. 

There was a time . . .
when my kids were young,
when each day seemed big,
when I gave all my energy to navigate through the demands of twenty-four hours, when I determined to make their world better,
when imperfection remained despite my effort.

I learned:
What I do will never be as important as who I am.
I realized the to-do list is secondary to the daily process of
being an intentional and mindful human-being in the moment.

And, now . . .
when the world is messier than ever,
when so many things are wrong,
when young and old are worried,
when there does not seem to be solid ground,
. . . I’ve realized it’s still true today.

The best practice of being present in the moment rather than being focused on perfection changes the dynamics of the day and how life is navigated in each and every season.


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