One day when our 4th child, Sean, was 3, I was running errands with him when the minivan died about a mile from our house. Absolutely dead! And 23 years ago, long before cell phones, this was a real problem.
I decided the only thing to do was for Sean and me to walk home and call the service shop. I was totally stressed out because there was so much left to do that day; I had to pick up the other three children, and now this.
As I was walking with Sean, all of a sudden I looked around and realized that it was a beautiful day in Sioux Falls, SD and I was holding the hand of the most adorable 3-year old in the entire world!
Right then I stopped and thought, “For this moment I‘m going to focus on my time with Sean.” And we had a wonderful walk home.
Most of us rarely do that. We’re usually taking care of a task even as we’re thinking about what’s next. Or, our thoughts are on something totally different than what we are doing. Not only does this prevent us from doing our best, it causes a lot of stress.