This morning, the idea of attention or awareness has been on my mind.  I can’t take any credit for it as it was inspired by my friend Julie’s blog as well as a post on  It just seemed to be a reoccurring theme and I thought I should probably grasp on to it as the last few days I’ve been feeling a bit like, “OH SH&$, what am I doing next.”  So, I’m pulling myself back to the moment and remembering that the only place to be is right here, right now.

Something that helps bring me back to the present is to remind myself that all is well in this moment.  I can sit here and write, drink my tea, listen to passing cars, breathe deeply, smile about my lunch date with my cousin, notice how different parts of my body feel, give thanks as I look at the photos and memoirs of our adventures that surround me.  I can be aware of the sensations in my body and the objects around me. Its all good in this moment.  Later, I’ll go and play math games with kids.  It will be frustrating when they “don’t get it” or when they act out inappropriately.  I can choose to allow the frustration to cramp my chest and stomach up or I can breathe and keep myself rooted firmly in the moment and in the presence of the child–who ultimately, just wants to be loved.

Maybe this is what we all want. If I respond to frustration with others and frustrations with myself as a reminder to love and be completely present with that person/myself then all will be well.  Easier said than done? Yes.


3 thoughts on “Awareness

  1. Shawn

    Joelle recently told me that I rarely show frustration, and so it is difficult to tell when I am frustrated. It made think about what I do do when I feel frustrated. I realized that when I am frustrated, I put on my “teacher voice” and say things like, “how do YOU feel about that?” or what can YOU do to solve that problem?”. So, if I start talking to you like you are a six year old, you know I am frustrated:)

    Love you


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