I find so much of my time is spent either trying to manage the moment or looking to the calendar schedule for the moments to come. Along with this comes the internal dialog of "living in the moment", but feeling like a complete failure because I am constantly thinking about every moment except the present one I'm in.
If I lived in the moment what would that look and feel like? Would I really have no sense of the future? Would the past stay in the history section of my very current life?
This summer , I received the answers to all of these questions, coming in a most unexpected package, "living on a farm."
Though we were on vacation and not managing "the farm", we quickly started participating in farming activities. "O" has discovered that along with being an animator and inventor, he wants to have a farm when he grows up.
Everyday at 7 AM, I would hear the young boy's feet running down the steps towards the horse barn. Moments later, after shoes had been hurriedly put on, the barn door would be closed with a robust slam, you know, so he could keep the flies out. :)
And with this, daily life on the farm had begun. There were horses to greet, a dog to throw a stick for, and a cat to be cuddled. After that, there were horse riders and their children to give a howdie to. Next on the agenda of farm living was helping with a variety of projects from putting up an electric fence and learning how to manage it so you didn't get shocked, watching hay being cut, bailed and dried, getting honey from the bees and then extracting the honey from the comb. All of this was interspersed with viking stick fighting, better known as clash of the tree limbs, fort building in the forest, and on the occasional rainy moment, building forts out of hay bales in the hay loft.
A peaceful din took over our lives for three short weeks. Nothing was more important than the moment and task at hand. There wasn't a "hurry up and get this done to move onto the next thing" attitude. With 22 hours of daylight, there was time for everything. A balanced, peaceful look at life. Now that I know what living in the moment looks and feels like, it is so much easier to place it into our life here in the neighborhood.
What moment are you living in?