|Photo by Deborah Hillman Photography
This past weekend I have been hugely blessed to have had my kids (and their partners) around me for a great deal of the time. I finished a manuscript on Good Friday by four o'clock in the afternoon (my self-imposed deadline) and by five I was enjoying savouring a delicious bottle of champagne to celebrate the moment. For dinner we barbequed and had salad and tasty garlic bread and everything felt so right with my world.
It occurred to me, as it often does, that I don't stop to appreciate those moments often enough. I don't celebrate the individual achievements that add up to reach a goal. Saturday was another such day as the kids came with us to an extended family and friends function at a beautiful home in a stunning location south of Auckland and the kids all came back to our house to sleep over and we shared breakfast together on Sunday morning. Once everyone had gone, the house felt empty, but right, if you know what I mean. Having everyone staying with us was wonderful and we had a lot of laughs which left a lingering trace of happy in our home even after everyone had gone.
A year, or so, ago I decided on a theme for my year and that was to have no regrets. I didn't want to miss out on doing something and be annoyed with myself later for not having taken a hold of the opportunity with both hands. It led me to go parasailing while on holiday with my family and subsequently to go skydiving, again with my family. Both things I have fabulous memories of and no regrets at all. It also led me to go to Romance Writers of America's national conference in Anaheim, which was truly amazing, and to spend an extra day and a night in the States with writing friends so I could visit Santa Monica as well. I reached the end of my year with no regrets but still doing my usual hamster on a wheel thing, living life too busy.
|Fragrant Cloud Rose
What about you? Do you take time out to be mindful of where you are in your moment, your day, your life? Or do you have a special word that you try to live by each year? I'd love to know.