I found something this morning

Today I was rushing out of the door after getting my daughters on the bus for school. Mornings are a bit hectic with three little girls. I've got to make breakfast, pack lunches, double check that hair and teeth are brushed and make sure that nobody is trying to wear their Halloween costume to school or sneak the guinea pig into their backpack. After the bus it's my turn. Shower, get dressed, grab a snack. All the while i'm thinking about my day, my week, my month; i'm worrying about something. I'm usually worrying about a lot of things. I'm worrying about things that are important, things that are not important, things that could happen, things that probably won't happen but I worry about anyway. When I was a teenager my Grandmother told me "Jake, you worry today about what you're going to worry about tomorrow." Nobody had ever put it that way until she said that. I never forgot what she said and I try as often as I can to use that to snap me back into the present, the now. Today after the girls were gone and I was making my rounds around the house to make sure lights and gadgets were turned off before leaving I found something. I turned off my oldest daughter's lava lamp and there on her desk was a picture of her and I dancing at a wedding. I didn't know she had it there. I stopped and looked at it. At first I thought about the moment in the picture. It was such a fun night that night, we were all on the dance floor as a family and everyone had such a great time. Then I thought about the fact that we just moved to this house. My daughter had to pack this picture with her, find it, unpack it and put it here where she wanted it. Something about that really hit me. I stood for a few minutes without feeling rushed anymore and felt a huge sense of gratitude. I stopped worrying about whatever I was worrying about before the picture caught me. The moment reminded me of the quote from Kurt Vonnegut “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.” I believe that.


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