This was a facebook post I made January 28, 2012.
“Do not be concerned about the future; keep your attention on today, and stay in the present moment–Don Miguel Ruiz
Presently I have a one year old emptying the box of garbage bags all over the kitchen floor and a five year old ready to do a sewing project. How cute–she thinks I can sew : ) I better go get present.”
Fast forward to about three weeks ago and these were the messes my 2 year old made on a less than present day. It was amusing to retrace her steps and document her path of destruction.
My older girls alerted me to this near fatal (for the fish) but well intentioned effort on Amelia’s part to care for smaller creatures. As soon as I cleaned up this mess, I spotted the following one.
I personally find the thought of eating dry oatmeal rather unappetizing. She picked this up from her older sisters. Yuck to eating it and cleaning it.
Can you blame her really? She put so much effort into making sure the fish were well fed. And then she prepared her own snack. You’ve got to wash all of that dried oatmeal down with something.
I am just thankful that when she keeps herself busy, she is looking for ways to contribute to others (like the fishies) and working on becoming a self sufficient mini POWERFUL woman. What more could a mom ask for?
Even though I was somewhat distracted on this day, I am glad I was present enough to enjoy her two-ness.
It was just another reminder to be more present.
One of my favorite quotes is by Gretchen Rubin. The days are long but the years are short.
My oldest just turned 16! I wish I knew about being present when Sam was Amelia’s age.
What is the craziest mess your children made? Pop over to facebook and share. What are your tips on being present? I am interested in hearing both!
Sending lots of love and POWERFUL thoughts to you!