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Embrace the Challenge of Keeping Up

Embrace the Challenge of Keeping Up

My son woke me at 6am on the day of his birthday. “I’m nine!” he excitedly whispered in my face and I wanted to tell him to go back to bed. I wanted to tell him that not because it was obnoxiously early (although it was!), but because I did not want him to be nine. I did not want him to even be the eight-year-old I put to bed the night before. I wanted my baby back.

I often grieve the passage of time. How did we go from Thomas the Train and pull-ups to Minecraft and boxer briefs so quickly? When did my quiet, barely-speaks-a-word toddler turn into this never-stops-talking mini-adult? People say it goes by in the blink of an eye and I never believed them.

I should have believed them.

The reality is, we will all continue to lose days, weeks, months and years in the blink of an eye. Time will not pause for our us.

We must embrace the challenge of keeping up.

With a conscious effort, we can embrace the passing time. No longer should we approach the next birthday wondering where the year went, but rather approach it holding dear the memories of that time passed.

When you find yourself grieving the passage of time, refocus your energy and …

  • Be present. Be present in the moments with your children, your family and your friends. Curb your worries and to-do list and take in what is happening in the here and now.
  • Enjoy the milestones. Even those milestones that come with frustration are worthy of acknowledgment.
  • Stop what you’re doing and actually listen to what your child or loved one is saying. Too often we miss the joy in their faces because we don’t stop to listen.
  • Let kids be kids. Sometimes we assist the quick passage of time by wishing it away. Find joy in the messy moments.
  • Write it down. Set those favorite memories in stone by keeping a journal or memory log.
  • Praise Him. By consciously praising the One who writes our stories, we are more concentrated on the present. Find moments to praise Him in each day, keeping you actively engaged in what is going on around you.

Time will pass whether we acknowledge it or not, and as we get older, it only seems to pass more quickly. It’s easy to allow our days to go by, only recognizing their passage as we look back wondering where they went. With the new year upon us, let’s make a conscious decision to be present in the moment, embracing the challenge of keeping up with the passing time.

By: Angela Jamison is a mother of four young children who are growing up way too fast. She strives to enjoy the moments each day and keep up with the passing time, but understands the difficulty in managing life and enjoying it simultaneously. When not with her own children, Angela Jamison is the director of a Christian preschool and enjoys reading, writing, and connecting with other parents. To learn more about Angela, visit her blog at www.angelajamison.com or follow her on twitter @AngJamison04.

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