Today I will experience my last full day of vacation with my husband and daughters. It’s not often that we are all together these days—without papers to write, or texts and emails to answer. It’s not often that we are all contained in a way that life cannot separate us.
Today, just for one more day, we will share three meals together. We will linger over insights and dreams and marvel at the beauty around us. We will be together, as a family, for just one more day.
That is why, for today, my intention is the show up fully—to be present for each moment. Today, I will pay full attention as we ride our bikes down the coast on the 17-Mile Drive from Monterey to Asilomar Beach to Carmel. I intend to take it all in as we pause from time to time to watch the seals lay on the rocks, or to take in the glorious sound of the thundering waves. Today, I will show up for my family as we take yet another picture of the rocks and the water, and of each other on the rocks and by the water.
I want to “Be Here Now”, as Ram Dass says, for my last full day of vacation as this wonderful moment will very soon be a cherished memory. And so I ask myself if I can let go of life back home and just be? Can I meet this day whole-heartedly and allow myself to curl into its embrace?
Show up fully, I remind myself. For in a blink of an eye my girls will leave for their summer adventures and will soon after go back to school for the fall semester. Before I realize it, they’ll graduate and enter their new lives, somewhere, on vacation with their own children, creating memories of their own.
In a blink of an eye it’s over—so show up fully.