While catching the highlights of the Royal Wedding this weekend, I came across this quote from A Year Without Fear by Tama Kieves:
Today, I will give every moment my full attention and love.
The page had been talking about how our minds work in all different aspects: big and small and the good and the bad. It is constantly trying to evaluate situations rather than allowing you to live in the moment sometimes. For me, right now, this couldn’t be more true. A month ago, we left Virginia to move across the country to Arizona. Our family isn’t new to moves by any means, we have moved a lot with my husband’s job. This particular move, though, has been more difficult for me personally. For one thing, it has taken us to an area that is about as opposite as you could get from where we planned to move. I am not in love with this area or the weather. Being from Minnesota I know what it is like to do extremes, but hot weather is not my jam! Weather aside, we haven’t moved into a home yet. While my daughter loves living in hotels, I miss my space. While I don’t care as much about our “stuff” because that is all it is, is stuff, I do miss cooking and have my own creative space to escape to. With all of this, my mind is going crazy and feeling all of the emotions. To say I don’t quite feel like myself is an understatement.
Coming across this page above was by pure accident. I don’t have the book, but I found this particular excerpt somewhere on Instagram. Sometimes we need these little reminders or mantras, to help shift our focus. A mantra is simply like a little prayer or saying that speaks directly to you. It is something that can bring you peace by helping you clear your mind, reduce your anxiety, and bring you back to the present.
My goal this week is to lead more with my heart and live in the present to connect with all that is around me. I am going to try to lift some of the fear and doubt I have rolling around in my mind and focus on the beauty and love that surrounds me. At the end of the day, it is all temporary. I have all I need with me now: a supportive, hard-working husband, a positive and spirited little girl, and my trusted pup Maverick by my side, always! At the end of this week, I will also be surrounded by so much love in Minnesota, a trip that couldn’t come at a better time.
This week I will repeat this mantra to quiet my mind and strive to appreciate all of life’s little moments: