are you present?

Good morning to you! Beautiful fall weather up here in NE Indiana.

Growing up, Louis L’Amour was one of my favorite authors. In his stories ran the consistent themes of honor, courage, hard work, integrity, loyalty, perseverance, and a high view of marriage. In looking through the book A Trail Of Memories, a compilation of some of his quotes by his daughter Angelique L’Amour, I came across the following quote from his book Bendigo Shafter:

Few of us ever live in the present, we are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone . . .

That really struck a chord with me – I am so often contemplating the future or analyzing the past, that I miss out living in the present. I too often am not in the present and miss so many moments with family and friends. I remember when my daughter, Keely, was small, she would tell me she wanted me with her. I would tell her I was sitting right next to her, but she would say “you’re not really with me!”. She was very discerning at a young age. She knew instinctively that while I was physically present, I wasn’t mentally and emotionally present. My attention was somewhere else.

As I have journeyed along, learning bit by bit to actually live, I am noticing more and more people who are not present. They are not really with the people they are talking to, they don’t see the beauty of God’s creation as they move hurriedly from one thing to another, they are not giving full attention to their children, and they are hurrying past others who are hurting.

Yes, it is good to learn from history. Yes, it is good to think about the future and to plan. just don’t stay in either place so long that you miss out on life.

Be present.

Peace and grace to you on this Thursday,