At one of the worst imaginable moments in my life someone gave me a gift that continues to serve me now.
She grabbed me and pulled me out of my paralyzing fear and sadness and said:
Be here in this moment. Don’t think beyond it. Take it all in and just be. Think later. Now is what matters.
I try to remember to do just that every day. I try to put down the phone, close the laptop, stop folding laundry, quit planning the next meal or chore and just be here, now, with her because this moment will be gone. She will only discover that she CAN jump into the pool after all one time. There will only be one first time to watch Winnie the Pooh. Her unadulterated joy at swinging on a chilly autumn day will fade. She won’t always ask me to color with her.
Be here in this moment now.