“That little girl dancing.”

The old woman motioned her to sit down and said, “C’mon now, Lily. Finish your ice cream. It’s melting”. “I want to complete this song, Grandma. My body loves it,” she replied with a giggle

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She moved closer to the older woman and rested her head on her shoulder. The two sat on the bench and waited for the movie to start. 

Zootopia- kids got hooked, adults too, with a bag of popcorn on hand and a slushy on the other.  

Moments later, a song played, and the girl took off her shoes, stood up, and danced.

Freedom, ahh, she got lost in her own world. Never mind the rest of us who quietly sat there smiling and watching as she hung to every beat.

She laughed as she twirled around, stomped her feet, and raised her hands while doing a combo of salsa, jazz, and ballet.  

“So that’s how it looks like,” the stranger next to me quipped. 

“To what”? I asked.  

He turned to me and smiled, “To seize the present moment.” 

“I think so too.”

 How many times do we find ourselves wishing we were somewhere else or in another time?

“Anywhere but here; Tomorrow; Oh if I could go back in time” the thoughts we entertain like the present moment is never enough.

If it were a person, it would have felt hurt by now.

And when people feel hurt, often they withdraw their cheerfulness and affection, and they tuck them away.

“Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.”

Deepak Chopra

The little girl dancing looked like she was suspended in time- never rushing, never delaying, but openly embracing what is.

She tripped a couple of times but rose again and twirled.

Finally, the old woman motioned her to sit down and said, “C’mon now, Lily. Finish your ice cream. It’s melting”. “I want to complete this song, Grandma. My body loves it,” she replied with a giggle.  

We were once like that when we were kids. But as we got older, we rushed to the next thing, and on and on we go, like everything is a means to an end. Then when situations knock us down, we lose hope and wish we were a child again, having no worries in the world.

During one of our coffee dates, a friend said, “Gosh, can we just be kids again and not care about anything?”

“I think caring is good, but the question is, do what we care about really matters” said another.

“Think you’re right, and when we choose to care, I think we can do it without being grumpy,” and we all laughed.  

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My friend, if you’re carrying loads of worry right now, put it down.

If you’re feeling restless, impatient, and anxious, settle down.

When you think about this moment now, only this moment, you’ll realize that you are okay. 

You are all right.

You can find peace here…

and freedom,

and rest,

comfort,

even love.

“Always hold fast to the present. Every situation, indeed every moment, is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Present moment… embrace it. It’s all there ever is.

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