Do you ever find yourself rushing around in a frenzy of productivity, and when you finally have a moment to yourself, you only then realize how tense and stressed you’ve been?

Here’s how that moment happened recently to me. I had just gone through a fast food drive-thru line, and was sitting in my car in the parking lot, too busy to go inside to eat.
The morning had been a dash to finish errands, and the afternoon looked busier still. My mind was clouded with thoughts.

I was planning to snatch a moment to gulp down my food before continuing my errands.

As I was taking a bite, I noticed a little bird hopping around the parking lot looking for crumbs. It was so small and intent on searching for food. I tore off a piece of bread and tossed it to the bird. It hopped over, grabbed it and flew away.

At that moment I felt myself relax a notch. I tossed another piece of bread out the window and another bird flew down and snatched it up. I breathed deeply and sighed.

I drove away with a little smile, feeling more attentive to my surrounding instead of being so inwardly focused. Just that little bit of sharing in the moment had brought me back to the present.

I encourage you – as I remind myself – to stop and smell the roses, as the old saying goes. When trying to get a lot done in a short amount of time, a brief moment of getting present can give you energy to push on.

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