living in the Moment.

Every blog title I could think of today is also a song that I love, so I’m combining an awesome song with a good ole fashioned blog. The song is “Living in the Moment” by Jason Mraz.

When I first heard this song it sounded fun, fun to listen to, nice and light, and it made me want to do a happy dance. There is a simplistic beauty to what Mraz is saying. We enjoy life, we are happy, footloose and fancy free when we live in the moment, when we appreciate the here and the now.

I’ve always liked the idea of living in the moment, but I haven’t been great at living it out. This past weekend I had the great opportunity to truly live in the moment. I could have spent each moment worrying that the weekend would eventually end, that this nice weekend of driving around the beauty of Colorado, spending time with my family and good company, would come to a close. Monday would come. The weekend would end. I could have spent this weekend dreading Monday, dreading the end of what was easily one of the best weekends of my life. Or, I could have lived in the moment.

Do you know what I did? For the first time in quite some time, I lived in the moment. I drank in the beauty of games with my family, of the stillness of the cool autumn/winter air, of the scenery of the Rockies. I rested in the moments of prayer, in the quite times in an empty church praying the Rosary before my favorite statue of the Blessed Mother, in Mass, and in the peacefulness of the quiet adoration chapel. I found peace in dancing in deserted parking lots and did my very best not to worry about Monday. I knew it would come, no matter what I did. But I also knew that I didn’t want it to have power over me, or steal away the joy and the beauty of the thousand precious moments from this weekend. Do I sound sappy? You better believe I do. But I’m also unbelievably happy. There’s not a moment from this weekend I would trade, and I’m blessed that God gave me the grace to live in the moment, to take each tiny little thing in and revel in His goodness. I’m happy that no matter what the next days and weeks may bring, I can rest in the beauty of this weekend. I can live in those moments, and from now on, I can learn to live in each moment, to drink in all of the beauty that God created, and to trust in His perfect plan.

Live in the moment.

What I’m Listening To:
“Living In The Moment” by Jason Mraz
“This Moment Now” by Tyrone Wells
“Restless” by Audrey Assad
“God Must Really Love Me” by Craig Morgan

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