“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.” –Eckhart Tolle
I am grateful that I woke up this morning and Little Man was sleeping safely and soundly in his bed. No, I wasn’t grateful for the few extra minutes of silence before the day switched into full gear. It was because the parents of one of his classmates had the opposite experience. They woke up this morning with the most devastating knowledge that they would never again see their son sleeping safely and soundly in his bed.
A thought I can barely even complete in my own mind.
I’ve never met those parents, as their child was in another grade and didn’t have much interaction with Little Man. Yet, my heart breaks for them as if we’d been best friends our whole lives. All of the silly things I’d been fretting over that morning-as important as they had seemed at the time-became as meaningless as the losing lottery tickets still tucked away in my purse. Nothing much mattered after that besides the knowledge that I would be able to hug my own son that evening.
Their tragic news brought into High Definition focus what really matters. The last few months have included a lost job, a dear friend’s serious illness and the disappointing end to a promising relationship. And each of these things mattered very much.
But today, I got to hear Little Man laugh.
And for that, I am humbly, reverently and eternally grateful. © Racheal Lee Bradford