I write to you this week from my Dad’s home in Louisiana. He had surgery this week, so I came to check on him. Of course, as we all tend to do, I brought my computer and tons of work. After the appropriate amount of “support” time, I pulled out my computer to work. Just as I am pulling up the e-mails, my Dad calls me to his office where he is looking at old pictures. For at least a year, he has been wanting me to go through them with him. I look down at my “gillions” of e-mails . . . torn . . . and finally go to sit with him.
Well, I spent the loveliest afternoon looking at photos, telling stories, and even shedding a few tears as we came across pictures of Mama! I found myself looking at these pictures, and putting myself back in that time. I thought on several occasions that if I had only known then what was going to happen, I would have made some different decisions. I would have spent more time enjoying the moment and less worrying about the future . . . more time focused on relationships than on the next task. Part of me wishes I could go back and do some of it over, but then I remind myself that NOW is the picture I will be looking at in 10 years. I still have a chance to make this time mean something so that I don’t have regrets in the future! My take away message is take the time to enjoy the “here and now”! I am putting the computer away now!