The other day I was thinking about living in the moment. I can't remember exactly how my train of thought went... suffice it to say that my loco was in motion and I eventually arrived at the station.
Anyway, "living in the moment"...
It occurs to me that the people I know who are best at living in the moment are children.
The younger they are, the better their ability to do it.
Upon reflection, I wonder if it isn't a child's innocence that allows, ultimately, for "living in the moment".
Living in the present- in the moment, requires a certain ability to leave the past in the past, and the grace to live untroubled by what may come in the future.
Children are so very NOW.
When a child loses her faith in the immediacy of this moment- when pain from the past clouds the present and fear distorts the future, innocence is lost.
Yesterday's memories, and anxious anticipation become a weight that is dragged through today.
Poverty, displacement, abuse... all these things rob a child of his innocence; gone is the joy of living in the moment.
Maybe that's why the taking of a child's innocence is such a horrendous offense.
Perhaps that's why, as parents, it's hard to see our children "grow up" and learn to be concerned about the road ahead. We mourn the loss of our own ability to live in the moment and wish those we love could hold on to it for just a little longer.
Is it possible to regain some of that child-like innocence?
Jesus said that to enter the Kingdom of Heaven we had to become like children. Maybe that's what he meant.
To give it all up- let go of the painful past.
Stop worrying about the future.
Live gracefully in the present.
Maybe it's possible to really "live in the moment".
Or maybe it's just simple minded to think it's possible.
Maybe I don't mind being simple minded.