“Daddy, what are you talking about?”
“The precious present.”
“The precious present. The only thing we have is now. We can’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. All we can do is be in the moment of now.”
This was the conversation my son, Joshua, and I had on the way home from baseball practice on Wednesday night. He already knew the truth. He already was a believer in what I was trying to teach him. And, even though sometimes their smarty-pants responses make us want to go crazy- I hate to admit it-they are right!
Kids. We work so hard to teach them. Right from wrong. Manners. Ps & Qs. Respect. Patience. Love. Sharing… Well, as the wise philosopher, the late Lonnie “Pops” Lynn once said, “I think I’m the one that got taught.”
See, kids are ALWAYS in the moment. They are the breath of life that comes into this world living in each and every second that is given to them. They don’t know any different; because, God gives them this ability as he blesses the world with their spirit, their love, their presence. They are made in his image.
And, we have to remember that we are too. As we grow and mature into adults, that ability to be in the moment seems to fade steadily; and, becomes harder and harder to grasp. Work. Dinner. School. News. Iphones. Emails. Laundry. Facebook. Dishes. Packing School Lunches. Groceries. Exercise. Homework. Sports. Karate... We become consumed by our daily activities and the distractions that surround us. We give into those distractions and activities like a dog chases a squirrel-always in a haphazard, undisciplined way. Nothing gets the full attention it deserves. We are masters of “multi-tasking”. Well, I don’t know about you, but, I don’t like the way that feels.
Kids don’t feel that way; because, they are all in on whatever they are doing. They are in the moment. And, they want us to be too. Because, remember, that is how we are created. So, let us go about our day, starting today, as a kid does: they play. When a kid plays, they play. They don’t check-email-do-laundry-play. They just play, with all their heart, mind, body and soul.
Let’s join in. And, as we play, we will know that we have been blessed with the only gift we have or need or want right now. The precious PRESENT.