Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Do you ever look around at the moment you are in and just feel happy? Or at peace? Some people use the phrase Zen. I don't know about that, but there are those moments that if you really consciously stop to take a minute and think about what is happening around you, it is amazing.
Now, I don't want to sound too "out there", but I have been lucky enough in the last week or so to really be in these moments. I think when you are conscious about stopping to "smell the roses" as they say, you find yourself doing it more and more.

Last week, Gordon and I were at my in-laws summer place with the kids and we were doing I-don't-even-know-what, and I felt it. I was just so happy in that moment that it brought a tear to my eye. I know, I know...those of you that know me well are thinking...no big surprise, but it was quite powerful. I mean it.
Then it happened again...we went out for ice cream. All five of us. We were sitting outside the ice cream shoppe and I just smiled from the inside out. I can't explain it and I am not sure I'm doing that great of a job explaining it here either.
All I can say is try it. Take a moment in whatever you are doing and stop and think about all the wonderful things around you.
Mine has been my husband and my kids. They mean the world to me, and I think sometimes I get caught up in the day to day stuff or the routines of it all and don't stop to see the wonderful gifts.

Today I was driving home and all three of my kids were asleep in the back. I could see only two, but I knew that number three was asleep too. It made me think more and more about that feeling of happiness, peace, or whatever it is. I had it. In the midst of a traffic jam on the highway. Zen.


MKG said...

Karen, I'm soooooo glad you can "take the time" (not physically to take the time, but rather emotionally). I believe that those moments are what really keep us going; it's the food for the soul. Enjoy those moments; life is way to short, as we all know,to miss those basic, simple moments.

AP said...

Zen - I know that feeling and have felt it before, but I could use a little tonight. You're absolutely right it's about being "in the moment." We are so very blessed!
Love your blog!