Linking up with the lovely Lisa-Jo like it's my job.
Grateful for a calming of pace, a time to loosen the grip on the reins a little and settle into a gentle trot instead of the full-kilter gallop of the end of term.
5 minutes to write, to think out loud, to let the words take you.
And today's word is....present.
It's a gift, this moment, this time, this present. All too often we are called to worry, to fret, to nurse the wounds and hurts of the past; to hope and plan a little too hard for what tomorrow might bring. We can spend so much time doing so that the present, this precious now, gets neglected. And that would be a shame.
As much as I'm unhappy in my body right now, its lumps and bumps cumbersome and unattractive, I know I'm lucky in my present form - strong and healthy, smiley and rested. As much as I can't wait for our wedding next year, our present is beautiful too - shared jokes, big dreams, cuddles with our kittens. As much as I long for more of a voice at work, the chance to help more people, I know my present is special too - my little form of eighteen and I make big leaps together and our stories are woven together in a cool way.
The present is a blessing.
I'm learning, as I grow older, to appreciate the present more and more. Where the younger me, impetuous thing that she could be, found only frustration or worry, I can now relish most moments and find the sweetness within. I say 'most' purely because some things (some big, some small), alas, must be endured, not enjoyed! But in most moments, in most 'presents', there's goodness to be had. An hour long commute is a chance to read more of my book. An evening along means writing and TV can move up the agenda. There are many people on this planet who would give much for a present just like mine, sat here in my home, typing on a computer, safe, using words learned from years of education, before heading downstairs to cuddle my cats, have a drink of water, and decide what food to take from my amply stocked kitchen to make dinner for me and my fiancé.
Truly I am blessed with this gift, this present.
I hope that you too have a present worth cherishing.