I had a little extra time so I decided to wait and watch the kids wandering into school.
As I stood alone at the gate my son unexpectedly looked back. When he saw me looking over an enormous smile beamed across his face.
He waved, I waved, he turned and kept walking.
Then he turned again……we both waved.
Twice more he turned and we waved, sharing this gloriously rich moment of connection.
As I drove home smiling, I wondered how many times before he has looked back, only to see me hurtling down the street as I race back to my car.
How many times have I missed an opportunity to savour a rich moment, because my attention was elsewhere.
Rich moments that exist throughout my day everyday.
Rich moments I take for granted and I am often distracted in.
We do lead very busy lives and technology now makes it easier to cram more than one thing in at every opportunity.
We can read emails in line at the checkout, we can check Facebook while we cook dinner, we can listen to podcasts in the shower.
We can of course answer the phone almost anywhere and receive and reply to a message at anytime of the night or day.
We can also decide when we wish to allow these distractions to enter our lives.
A fulfilled life is filled with meaning and connection and we gain these through our many rich moments each day?
Moments we don’t want to dilute with interruptions and distractions.
Moments to be fully present to feel, to hear, to see, to learn, to touch and to experience.
Plan a day that gives you space, gaps of time to pause and be fully present.
Identify your everyday rich moments.
The experiences that build relationships, that achieve your goals, that restore your energy, that encourage you to grow and that matter most to you.
Regularly ask yourself what is my point of focus in this rich moment.
If dinner time is a rich moment of connection, then switch off the TV, everyone’s devices and focus on being together with the people you love.
If reading books and articles is a rich moment of learning, then give yourself permission to sit and allocate time when you won’t be interrupted.
If your shower each day is your rich moment to be alone and restore, then leave your worries for later and stand there and feel the water cascade down your back.
If watching your kids sleep, knowing they are clean, safe and fed, is a rich moment of achievement then leave the washing for now and sit by their beds and soak up that feeling.
Make time, focussed time, for the things that are important to you.
Plan a spacious, realistic day that allows for you to quite simply BE PRESENT in your gloriously rich moments.