We recently heard a preacher quote from the movie "About Time", and so one evening a couple of weeks ago we decided to watch it. We're not usually the rom-com types so our expectations were pretty low! In the end it was a pleasant surprise and we enjoyed watching.
Without ruining the whole thing, the general storyline is between a father who tells his son that he can travel back in time. It's a family secret and a "skill" that all the males in the family hold. At the end of the movie, the son is reflecting on the use of this "gift", and on the pearls of wisdom his dad told him as he had used this gift throughout his own lifetime:
"And so he told me his secret formula for happiness.. Part one of the two part plan was that I should get on with ordinary life, living it day by day, like everyone else. But then came part two of Dads plan. He told me to live everyday again almost exactly the same. The first time with all the tensions and worries that stop us noticing how sweet the world can be, but the second time noticing."
"And I. The end I think I've learned the final lesson from my travels through time; and I've even go be one step further than my father did: the truth is I now don't travel back at all, not even for the day, I just try to live every day as if I've deliberately gone back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary ordinary life."
I love those words. So, as I think on the year ahead, it's a reminder to me to take notice. I don't want to live with "all the tensions and worries that stop us noticing how sweet the world can be". Motherhood can make life feel very ordinary and yet extraordinary at the same time. And so, my resolution is this, to:
Soak in each day
Enjoy the moments
How about you?