This reflection is a part of a month-long series titled, 30 Days of Healing, as we seek to be instruments of peace and change.
While Shea, my almost 4-year old daughter, was finishing her bowl of beef barley soup, I asked her, “In your whole life, what is your favorite memory?”
She answered, “right now.”
I was struck by her answer. Often when I ask her reflective questions such as this, she recalls a recent memory or a story that we tell often (she is also at the age where her imagination allows her to take some liberties with her recollection).
This was a timely lesson. Just a few hours earlier, I noticed on my social media a memory of this very date last year when my wife, my daughter, and I spent the day out east. Like the weather today, it was a beautiful day to be outside and with others. Such a day is not possible due to COVID-19, our health conditions, and a new born baby.
Over lunch, my daughter reminded me of these inspirational words from Saint Mother Teresa: “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”
Even during very difficult days, and a very different summer, the invitation to make new memories is before us. They may not be as we imagined during the cold winter, but opportunities await.
And while past memories serve their purpose, remember to turn the page of that photo album, and to continue to swipe beyond those photos on your phone.
Be grateful for the memories you created, while at the same time, appreciate the blank canvas that is today.
God speaks through children, and once again, my beloved Shea reminded me of the gift sitting right across my dining room table.
As we heal and help others on the shared journey, staying in the present continues to prove as a valuable spiritual exercise.
Might we find time throughout this day to be present to the gifts in our midst, making the most of each hour, and creating memories that we can later recall with gratitude and a smile.