in the middle of dinner –
in the middle of the night –
in the middle of the street – and so she dances.
She does not wonder what will be the next song; she just dances to the one that’s playing.
I often find myself looking a bit too far into the future, overdriving the headlights of my life. Just as it is not safe to look too far down the road while driving – and risk not seeing that deer poised to leap into your path – it is not good for anyone to miss the present “planning for the future.”
Now, I am not discounting the lesson of Aesop’s ant; I just tend to overdo the “rainy day” and “what if” and “just in case” internal conversations instead of enjoying myself. Not every single decision needs to be measured and analyzed as if it were life-or-death, especially now that we may be facing real life-or-death decisions in our family – or worse, having no power to decide at all.
I am going to follow my beautiful daughter’s lead.
Just as she laughs freely, heartily, and often, so will I.
Just as she thrills at the sight of a chipmunk, the sound of a train, the smell of supper, so will I.
Just as she loves her family and her friends warmly and fully, so will I.
If we are fortunate to find we have a future to plan, there will be time, but for now,
Now is all that is important.