Now is Beautiful

04 Oct

On this Monday morning, I realize for the first time in a long while:

I am waiting.

This is rare. And it’s peaceful. I’m waiting for good things; anticipating new joys.

But, I’m not in a hurry.

Usually, my life is filled with deadlines and to-do lists. People are always waiting for me to complete jobs, make dinner or help with homework. Oh, I still have a small mountain of laundry to summit and loads of requests. But while I do these things that life requires of me this week, I can think of all the good things to come.

Today, I’m waiting on news of a new baby to be born any day in our family. I’m waiting on an amazing sales opportunity for my Baby Love Carebook and excited to see the new product photos. I’m even waiting for Michael Pollan to come to town in November and hoping I’ll meet him.

Last week, I celebrated my 41st birthday. It doesn’t seem possible, but each year is better than the last. Time seems to fly at warp speed. So, after all these years, I finally figured out the key to waiting. I’ve found the cure for impatience/boredom and how to stop the longing for something – anything – to happen. It’s your present. It’s called now.

Last night, my cousin Wade wrote me a nice note that made me laugh. He’s a talented writer and musician with a great spin on life. I always enjoy hearing from him. At the end of his message, he shared a link to this song by Keb’ Mo’. It filled my soul and I hope you’ll take a moment to listen.

Weekly Dare: Slow down. Enjoy the wait. Whether you’re looking forward to something good or dreading something bad; it will happen when it happens. Children, especially, will move through developmental phases and grow up in the blink of an eye. In the meantime, there is now. And now can be just perfect, if you allow it to be.

Grace and Peace.

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8 responses to “Now is Beautiful

  1. Mom

    October 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

    My daughter,you have become so wise and mature. You have fulfilled
    all my dreams for you.

    • momswithgrace

      October 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

      Thank you, Mama. My life is amazing and my parents are, too.

  2. russellisgone

    October 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

    does life really get better when you get older? is it conditional?

    • momswithgrace

      October 4, 2010 at 9:59 am

      Life gets better when you allow it to get better. It’s not conditional upon age, just on you.

  3. lorilowe

    October 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

    This reminds me of my favorite movie, Life is Beautiful, in which the protagonist finds beauty and joy with his son despite being amid work camps of WWII in Italy. It seems that we allow such small things to impede our joy, so that we do have to make a true effort each day to focus on that which is beautiful. Great song!

    Lori Lowe

    • momswithgrace

      October 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

      That is also one of my favorite movies and this song brought it all back to me. I’m only surprised I’ve never heard this song before. It was worth the wait, though. 😉

  4. Julia

    October 29, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I just blogged recently on this same topic. Well, savoring the time now instead of wishing it away with my 18 month old. Followed you from the API site. Thanks for the great post and the reminder.

    • momswithgrace

      October 29, 2010 at 9:51 am

      Thank you, Julia. I love your blog design! 😉
      Thanks for reading and commenting. I needed to see this today. It gave me a chance to read this post again and listen to the song. Sometimes it’s hard to take my own advice; that’s why I write it down!


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