I took this picture on the lake where my in-laws live. It was taken the morning we were heading home, and I was struck by the peacefulness of the lake. Typically this lake is full of motor boats and jet skis, with the occasional kayak and swimmer. I took a moment to just stare into the sunrise and be. I tried to not think about packing or all the work at home that was waiting for me upon my return. Instead I took a deep breath in an effort to inhale all the peaceful qualities in the view before me that I wanted to carry with me that day.
It is way too easy to get distracted these days; too easy to run so fast that you forget where you are going. Anyone walk into a room and forget why they went into the room in the first place because they are trying to do too much!? Happened to me a few times last night. I had to stop the conversation I was having and remember exactly why I went from the kitchen to my desk. Oh right, my list! And then I returned back to the conversation. Apparently it is even hard for me to talk and search for something at the same time! Is it just old age, or do we have this expectation of ourselves that we can and should be able to multitask? Are we even meant for multitasking?!
This quote by Jim Elliot has been my focus over the last several months. It follows the same theme as other TGIM posts I’ve written, such as Be Here Now, and other changes I’ve been making in my life to be more purposeful with my time, such as cutting the cord. It is a theme in my life right now because it is hard. And often I fail at being fully present. But, as Lara Casey says, it is not about perfection, it is about progress. And I am making progress.
Wherever you are on your path, give yourself a bit of grace today. We are all a work in progress.