Everyone Needs a Grandchild

#1 Lesson: Live in the moment

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The love of my life is seven months old, and my husband isn’t even jealous.

Our grandson is the love of my life, because he has already taught me an important lesson: live in the moment.

While I have always tried to be present with people I’m with, I feel like I’ve made huge gains because of him.

I don’t worry about doing anything else when he’s over for a visit. I drop everything and he has my complete attention. We play, we cuddle, I read books to him while he chews on others, we laugh, we sing (well, I make a joyful noise) and dance, and I cherish each and every moment.

I don’t think about what I need to get done or what I’m missing. I will drop anything at a moment’s notice to hang out with him.

It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced.

However, it’s something I want to bottle and continue doing on a daily basis in my life. I want to slow down and focus on the here and now. I want to worry less about what I think needs to be done, and enjoy what should be done.

I think about the parable of Mary and Martha. While Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, Martha is rushing around the kitchen irritated with her sister. She’s frustrated with Mary for not helping her. Jesus explains to Martha that Mary is doing the right thing. Totally paraphrasing here, but that’s the gist of it.

I want to be more like Mary each day, and I know I’m going to get there because of my grandson.

Published by Christine Denker

I love all that life offers, I believe that mistakes make the best lessons, and I work to make the world a more positive place.

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