It was a crazy day. I had tons of things on my mind. Work. Home. You name it. My to-do list must have been a mile long, but I felt like you needed a magnifying glass to find my accomplishments. I pulled into the driveway, after work, to find my husband, Marc, standing outside.
“Hey!” I greeted him, with a quick kiss. As I took some packages out of my car I said, “I have to just log onto work for a second. I need to do one thing that I forgot about. And, I have to send a few short emails out.”
I headed directly to my laptop and logged in. Those quick tasks ended up taking a half hour. As I powered down the computer, I realized that I probably made us late. “Oh my God… what time do we have to meet Jack and Jill?” I asked Marc.
“We really need to leave here in about fifteen minutes.”
“Ok. I will be right down. Let me just shower and change.”
I ran upstairs, and as if on speed, I made myself presentable and returned downstairs with about five minutes to spare. Marc was standing in the dining room, a few feet away from our front door holding Alex the cat. I walked over to him and started chatting. “Ok, we got to go,” Marc said. “Do me a favor, close the door.”
I walked over to the door and closed it. Then, I headed over to the closet and grabbed my shoes.
“Do me a favor,” Marc said. “Open the door again.”
“OK,” I replied as I once again walked over to the door.
“Now close it again,” he directed. I turned to and looked at him as if he lost his mind. But, as I closed the door, I finally saw it. The frosted glass was replaced with the clear glass.
“They installed the new glass today? I didn’t know it was coming!”
And then it hit me…. I was so busy running around the house, doing tasks, focusing on what I had to do next; I didn’t even open my eyes to my surroundings. I missed out on the now. Which, if you think about it is so scary. How much do we miss out on by being so busy? Has this happened to you?