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The Little Things

Puddle Jumping
A. Running Through Puddles


What changes from childhood to adulthood that makes it impossible to enjoy the little things in life?  A. was having the time of his life running and splashing through puddles tonight on our evening walk.  I couldn’t help but wonder why I wouldn’t get the same amount of joy and excitement from something as simple as jumping in the mud and the water.  Instead, I get hung up and stressed out about all the little things that really don’t matter and that are out of my control.

I am trying to make a concerted effort to be more mindful and “in the moment” – to really appreciate and enjoy the present moment as it is happening.  This week will be the perfect opportunity for me to start practicing: Tomorrow we are hopping on a plane to Disneyland!  There will be nothing more worth being in the moment for than my boys being in “the happiest place on earth.”

Wish me luck (and sanity) as I take two boys under three on a looong plane ride and into the fun of Disney!  And hopefully all my mindfulness and fun will help me relax and de-stress before I have to present my summer research at a conference in San Diego at the end of next week!  I’ll let you all know how it goes (the conference, the trip, and the mindfulness training) when I get back!

5 thoughts on “The Little Things

  1. Thoroughly enjoying your blogs in Australia and feel sure you will manage to have an absolutely marvellous time at Disneyland and hopefully be a child again while there with your youngsters. Being grown up is not a load of fun sometimes but I am sure Disneyland is! Enjoy a hedonistic day or so there then proceed to the serious presenting of your research at the conference happy and re-energised. Anne


  2. I thinks it’s the grown ups in our lives that suppress the fun and curiosity in us when we are little. Stay curious and play in the rain. That is the only way to live life.


  3. Now I am totally convinced I still have quite a bit of growing up to do – I still love playing and dancing in the rain! The bigger the puddles, the better:)


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