Present for 2021

The day after Christmas, my husband, daughter and I boarded a flight to Iowa to visit family for the holidays. As any mother knows, traveling with a toddler is unpredictable. I was tired from Christmas celebrations the day before, and anxious about the flight. Would Baby Shark be enough to keep my child from destroying the seat back in front of her? Had I packed enough snacks, diapers, wipes, and extra clothing? How does one tiny human require so many things? Much to my surprise, my daughter slept the entire flight. As she lay there sleeping in my arms, I reflected on all that has happened in the last year.

My heart was so full as I became acutely aware of the passage of time. The days of 2020 passed just like the days of every year before it. The calendar had no consideration for weddings and birthday parties that were forced to be cancelled. The clock didn’t stop because my family contracted COVID 19 and had to be in isolation for 10 days. Time does not stop because of a pandemic or election, or because we are struggling, or because we aren’t where we feel like we need to be physically, emotionally, or financially. 

Maybe it was the weight of the most important thing in my life there in my arms, or maybe it was the quiet of the flight, but I felt the importance of being fully present in a way that I never have before. Unlike money, time is a resource we have to spend, there is no option for saving it until you are ready. Sure, setting goals is important, and I believe it is something we should do, but let us not get so wrapped up in thinking of and hoping for the future, that we fail to live fully in our current season. We have to move past “when this is all over” to living abundantly now, because now is what we have. 

In years past, I used the last week of the year to map out my next great weight loss plan. I would find meals to prep, points to count and workouts to do. I would plan plan plan, and rarely if ever, do. This year I am reflecting, appreciating, and manifesting. I am counting my blessings, starting with that precious child in my lap. I am honoring and appreciating the fact that I am healthy and have a capable body. It may not look exactly the way I would like, but it allows me to run and play, to read and create with my child, and for that I am thankful. I am setting intentions and taking actions. I am committing to being fully present in anything life brings, because the time is going to pass regardless.

2020 was hard for all of us, individually and collectively. As we round out the year, I encourage you to reflect on all that was, and wasn’t. Acknowledge how hard it was, and the things you lost. Those things are important, they matter.  Then, reflect on all the positive things that happened. Yes, even in 2020 there are so many blessings. What lessons did this year teach you? How do you want to use those lessons as we move into the new year? Time is precious, and it goes so fast. My hope for each of us is that we can be more present in this new year. 

So as we approach the New Year, I am hopeful for all that is to come. I will celebrate and be grateful in the blessings, and grow from the challenges. I wish you all health, happiness, prosperity and the ability to be present in 2021.