The other night we had one of those quintessential summer evenings. After dinner, Sophie and I went out to pick blackberries – they’re just down the street on the bluff overlooking the ocean. It was so joyful.
The scene: Sophie and I with bowls in our arms, plucking sweet, plump berries through the stickery bush, our dog, Joe, running back and forth catching his ball, my husband, watching from the deck with a lump in his throat, because he knows that time is fleeting.
It’s only a few more weeks until scenes like this are less frequent. Summer is coming to a close and Sophie leaves for college on September 2. It’s truly bittersweet. But it leaves me questioning my job as a mom – did I help make special childhood memories for Sophie? Did I play enough My Little Ponies? Did she run barefoot on hot summer evenings in the dewy grass? Did we pick enough berries? Did I bake enough pies?
“Did I bake enough pies?” It keeps coming back to that: This nagging feeling that I should have baked more pies.
So in September, I’ll be navigating my life’s next chapter as an empty nester. Time is fleeting and I want to “bake more pies,” meaning, I want to take full advantage of the opportunities in front of me, be more organized and productive, and have more adventures.
Do you want to bake more pies? I gathered some articles below that can help us live in the moment – seize the opportunities of the day, week, month or season. To bake more pies at home, work and play. So roll out the dough and let’s get baking.
Seizing the moment is about being fully present. I want to remember the precious times, like picking berries with Sophie. I made myself fully present and it’s now burned in my memory. But I regret the times that I wasn’t completely living the moment. This list, “100 Ways to Live in the Moment,” is inspiring and fun. (Tip: Cut to the chase by scrolling down to the paragraph just above the list).
Want to seize the day at work? The good news is that working more than eight hours doesn’t make you more productive. This article discusses why we have an eight-hour workday (hint: it started before the industrial era), and why we should work around our energy levels versus a specific time period.
I just ordered this organizer from Career Girl Daily that promises to get my life in order – to get more exercise, plan our meals, and get sh*t done. It’s on pre-order, so it’ll be a few weeks, but I’ll let you know how it goes.
“She smiled and said with an ecstatic air:
"It shines like a little diamond", "What does?" "This moment. It is round, it hangs in empty space like a little diamond; I am eternal.”
– Jean-Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason
And now back to you, Jane.
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