In case you haven’t been reading my blog lately, I’m in a major period of change and transition in my life right now.  I just got married and next week I put my son on a plane and send him off to his freshman year at Boston University.  I’ve moved, remodeled and discovered I can garden if I really want to! 😉

My parents are getting older and moving to Portland to be closer to family.  I haven’t lived near them since I finished college in 1990!

Looking at things from a broader perspective – the economy is still sputtering and trying to recover, it’s a big election year in the US which comes with its own brand of change, drama and uncertainty.

There can be a real tendency to look forward to the future or back into the past – wishing things were different or hoping things will change.  Living from one event to the next can make you miss the here and now.

“Overwhelm” is an adjective that has described me a lot lately.  While most of the things going on are GOOD (I realize that – don’t get me wrong!) there is simply a LOT going on.  It affects my creativity – having your energy pulled in many directions eventually takes from your inspiration pool.

One of the things I have started doing every day to stay present in THIS MOMENT and not wandering into the past or future is to be grateful for the many things – big or small – that are fabulous right now.

Instead of worrying about missing my son – heck, he’s been my sidekick for 19 years – I don’t know what it is going to look like with him across the country… I give him a big hug and am thankful to hear him play his guitar, in our house, today.

Instead of stressing all day about the extra pounds on my waist, I am thankful that I am healthy overall.

Today and every day, I encourage you to focus on all the good things in your life and be grateful.  You miss a lot of wonder in the world if you are rarely in the present and always looking forward or back.

Here’s a song I love that brings tears to my eyes pretty quickly these days – it totally tugs on the mother-heartstrings but has a great message.

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Here’s to your best day ever!

– Tara Reed