As usual, my mother offered me a little verbal gem that I always soak up and carry with me the rest of the day. She told me about a recent conversation with a young mother of little children who said that she felt like she was going to be doing this work (of caring for young children) for the rest of her life and saw no end in sight.
She told me that when she was mothering she never looked far into the future. In fact, she focused on the work at hand THAT day and not much beyond. She mentioned that she thinks younger mothers today focus way too hard on the future and are being robbed of the present joys. She is very realistic about the trials of raising small children, but in her wisdom and with hindsight as her best tool, she always encourages me and my sisters to enjoy TODAY. She knows the cycle of life's events and knows what really is important.
With that, I thought often about TODAY. I said to myself that I can do anything TODAY. I can clean that closet TODAY. I can school our children at home one more time TODAY. I can do several loads of laundry TODAY. I can make dinner TODAY. We can run several errands TODAY and not get overwhelmed TODAY as what if all I had was TODAY. If I knew that for sure, boy would everything seem so small. I would just sit back and enjoy them.
With that said, I hope to attempt to live TODAY everyday. I want to develop the habit especially with a new one coming and the events that come with a newborn to focus on just TODAY. Be it being awake all night with the baby or whatever comes about, I hope to say to myself, "I can do this TODAY one more time."