The last few weeks – okay months – have been tough. As many of you know, my father-in-law was very ill, and we basically moved in with my in-laws to care for them and to have time with them. It is something I will always be so thankful that I had the opportunity to do, and it is memories that I will always cherish.

My father-in-law passed last week – it seems like yesterday and it seems like forever ago, and we’re back at home trying to remember what it means to be back at home.

And it’s made me realize, again, how much of my life I can miss if I’m not careful.

I do believe I spend much of my time present, in the moment, and in my self and my life. I do know that the time at my in-laws, I was as present as I could be, and I absolutely did LOVE WITH ALL MY HEART.

And, now that I’m home again, I know that I have the choice – in every moment – to be here or to be distracted. To feel and experience and live my life or to miss it.

Because when we’re distracted, we miss our life.

When I’m distracted, I miss my life.

And clearly, life is too short and too precious to miss any of it.

I am reigniting my practice of feeling my feet on the ground and grounding my presence. I am reigniting my habit of pausing, taking a mindful breath, and noticing my surroundings. I am reigniting my traditions (well, new traditions) of stepping into each moment mindful of how I want to be in that moment.

I am paying attention. I am noticing. I am staying with myself and aware of myself.

I am intentionally living my life.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and please share this post with others if it resonates with you!

Photo by Alyssa Sieb on nappy

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