When you went on road trips as a kid, how many times have you asked “are we there yet?”
I thought this season of parenting graciously skipped our household, until on one fateful day my adorable brown-eyed, blonde-haired daughter uttered the words, “Daddy, are we there yet?”
… as we were pulling out of the garage!
I’ve mentioned this before in other blogs and talks, but in this season of life, a majority of the lessons I’m learning about leadership are inspired by my children.
From short drives to the park, trips to the grocery store, by airplane or boat, one, if not all of my kids will ask the question, “are we there yet?”
The more I processed the question, the more of a connection I began to draw with what all of us have walked through as adults over the past 13 months of living through a historical pandemic.
The question we are all asking (and hoping for) is “are almost out of this yet?”
Like a ton of bricks, it hit me when we were recently on a road trip trip. It’s not the destination, but the PRESENT that matters the most.
The parallel is this – we ask the question because we are looking forward to the destination. Somewhere or something that is on the horizon that we are eager to get to.
But often we get there and our perspective changes to “what will happen next?”. By constantly looking forward we lose sight of what is right in front of us.
There is always hope in tragedy.
There is beauty in brokenness.
There is joy, wonder, innovation in what looks like stuck or hopeless.
It’s not the place, destination, new normal, end of a pandemic that matters the most, but it is to find life in the PRESENT.
Living in the present is not easy. Most of us find ourselves living in spaces of time that have already been lived (the past) or in a narrative that has yet to be written (the future).
So, LIVE in the day today!
If you are feeling hurried, anxious, unsettled, fearful or lacking meaning in your life.
I want to encourage you to be still.
Look around you.
I want to encourage you to find one thing – regardless of how small – that you are grateful for.
Enjoy the journey, by enjoying the gift of today.