October is here, less humidity, leaves are changing and cooler temperatures! My husband and I spent Saturday evening at the Palacios Museum Fundraiser under the stars and on Sunday settled in at the Holy Cross Fall Festival savoring every bite of turkey and dressing. I can follow the trail of turkey and dressing throughout October & November if I work my weekend schedule just right! Family + Friends + Food= Fun. Don’t let a second of it slip by. (Who knew Fr. Greg plays the accordion? It’s a lost art!)
With holiday scheduling, wedding planning, fundraising and the Rice Festival, time seems to accelerate along with our heart rate and level of stress. Don’t fall into the trap! Have a plan to set daily intentions and practice staying in the NOW! The present moment is all there is in life. If you’re thinking about the past or worried about the future, you’re not living in the moment. I like to call it autopilot, looking down at your watch one minute and the next minute it’s two hours later. My mom use to tell me when you get older time flies by, but now it’s flying by for all ages. Both of my parents have passed away along with two of my brothers and one sister, leaving three siblings behind. A day doesn’t go by we don’t think about them. What we’ve learned is to take time every single day to enjoy those around you, tell them how much they mean to you, thank them for the little things they do that most often are taken for granted. If you run into someone in a less than happy mood, pay attention and acknowledge him or her with a smile. If you’re lucky enough to have your parents around, hug them! When your kids wake up in the morning make sure the first face they see has a smile on it. Surprise your teenager by asking them if there is anything you can help them with before they hand over their list (I suggest grabbing a chair for them before they hit the floor.) Taking control of your day can be simple. Once this day is over, it’s gone forever. Put your “action item list” in perspective; it’s not rocket science unless you’re an astronaut. Thinking back to the church auction on Sunday, City, County, District and State elected officials were asked to stand up and be recognized along with a brief mention of whether they were up for re-election. Can you imagine what it must feel like starting again at square one? NOW there’s a challenge to stay in the present moment. If you see one of your elected officials, thank them for choosing public service, buy them a cup of coffee or hold back the criticism that just popped in your head, at least for today. Life is a gift and the present moment is NOW.
Originally Published in The Bay City Tribune on October 7, 2015