Monday represents the start of a fresh, new week. It is an opportunity to start checking to-dos off the seemingly never-ending list of tasks including appointments, shopping, play dates, workouts, blog writing, cooking, making important phone calls…you get it already. In fact, I know you likely have your own lengthy list. I know that all of our tasks vary as we all juggle different responsibilities.  What is most important (and the point of this post), is that I also know we can get overwhelmed by all of those tasks left unchecked.

It’s for this reason that I have come up with a Monday Mantra. Here it is:

Live in the moment.

Simple, right? It’s a phrase we have all likely heard many times. I know for me I have heard and read these words a thousand times over. However, I think this phrase deserves a little more attention than we all give it.

When preparing the kiddos breakfasts in the early morning hours, when sitting in traffic, or cleaning up a pile of a million spilled toothpicks my toddler managed to swindle out of a drawer I thought was too high for reach – I end up thinking about all of the things I should be doing, need to do, or will never be able to get done.

What I want to realize is that in that moment of forward thought, I may be missing something so much more significant. I may be missing a thankful smile as I serve a repetitive breakfast. I could lose out on an opportunity for a family sing-a-long while sitting in the car. I may let the opportunity pass to teach my little one to count using toothpicks rather than stressing over scrambling to clean up a meaningless mess.

Here is my top of the week request – repeat this Monday Mantra and cherish the here and now moments.  Avoid missed opportunities and savor the gift of the present.

I think these folks say it best (and in a few shorter words):

You can clutch to the past or future so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.  Jan Glidewell

Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee. Montaigne