“When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing. Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go and just live in the moment.” -Unknown
Have you ever experienced a truly magical moment, but you were so preoccupied with something else that you almost missed it?
Me too. It happens frequently.
Including one I want to share with you here.
With On Fire just eight days from being published (yeah, baby!!!), I’ve been in a season of continuous work, travel, speaking, and writing. A pre-launch book tour that means a different city every day for 15 consecutive days.
The media has fortunately taken interest in On Fire, but it requires a great amount of time participating on radio, television, and podcast interviews.
Knowing this would be a busy season, my wife Beth and I agreed to say “Yes” to it. “Yes” to the travel, the time away, the distraction from being fully engaged at home. And “Yes” to the resulting stress on both of us.
But sometimes in the chaos and sprint of achieving professional goals, it’s possible to miss the very reason for the work in the first place.
Yesterday after church and before a flight back out of town, I enjoyed a little family time. After chatting on the screen porch with Beth, then shooting baskets with my boys, I went into the house to shower and prepare for the week ahead.
While packing some shirts in the suitcase, the pitter-patter of little footsteps entered the room. I turned around and a few feet away was my four-year-old, Grace. Her blonde hair pulled back and blue eyes twinkling, her bubbly beautiful smile greeted me with a simple question: “Daddy, will you have a tea party with me?”
My friends, my flight was in less than 90 minutes. There were clothes to pack, files to grab, things to do. So I bent down, looked her in the eyes, smiled and responded “Sorry Grace, I don’t have time.”
Are you kidding me?
I grabbed that little hand and practically shouted back, “Yes!”
Instead of me packing a bag, we ate crackers and poured imaginary tea.
Instead of me writing about inspired leadership, we talked about princesses.
And instead of me getting ready for my week, we enjoyed the gift of an ordinary, special moment.
As is the case with every moment, this one was important because it was the kind that would never come again.
Almost 3,000 years ago the author of Ecclesiastes wrote that there is a time for everything. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance.
One of the secrets to real success, sustained happiness, and genuine peace is intentionally saying, celebrating and living ‘yes’ to whatever season we find ourselves in each day. [Tweet this] | [Share on Facebook]
Although never easy, surrendering, accepting and celebrating the good and the bad; the mundane and the unforgettable; the busy and the slow changes not only how we feel about the present, but how we live into the future.
My friends, too frequently in life we all are guilty of packing the bag and looking forward to the next trip, the next location, the next big thing.
This is your day to remember that the very thing you are racing toward is in reality the very same thing in front of you at this moment.
It is the gift of your life.
Choose today to say “Yes” to it.
This is your day. Live Inspired.
What ordinary moment will you say ‘yes’ to today? Please share your own experiences in the comments below.