April 8

Living Life Right Now

April 8, 2016

Personal Growth

The other day I was enjoying a phone conversation with a delightful mother when her two-year-old daughter, Zoe, came into the room and asked what she was doing.

When her mother said, “I’m talking to Papa Baer,” Zoe ran to the phone and demanded to talk to me. Her mother asked if I was willing to talk to her daughter, and of course I was thrilled.

After Zoe and I talked for several minutes—it’s quite a treat/challenge to converse with a two-year-old—she handed the phone back to her mother and wildly declared, “Papa Baer is my favorite.”

I’m quite aware of the fickle favoritism of children, so I knew that within moments Zoe would find a favorite in a stuffed animal, a glass of juice, or—most likely—her mother. But in that moment of declaring her undying love for me, she was thoroughly rooted in the joy of living right now. And then she moved on to suck the delight out of the next moment.

Oh, that we would all be as wise as this two-year-old, who showed us how joy is experienced only now, not in the past nor in the future.

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