Bubbles & Balloons
What amazes me the most about being a mom, is seeing everything through Timothy’s little eyes. I am so blown away every day by his observations and his joy. Timothy gets excited over the tiniest things–turning on and off a light switch, pushing an elevator button, getting a balloon, or watching bubbles being blown. Life is a discovery for him and everything is for exploring. I truly think if we all as adults carried this attitude around with us, we would be the happiest people.
Many of us, myself included, can get caught up in living for the weekend, or the next vacation, or the next holiday; instead of living for each moment. Children only know how to be present and in the moment, and it’s quite wonderful. I get so upset with myself when I’m busy checking emails, making plans, scheduling events, all while hanging out with Timothy. I really have to put my phone away and remind myself to just be. It’s so magical when I am fully present with my son and I can lose myself in a moment.
There are times Timothy and I sit and listen to his music over and over again, or play with his barn or kitchen, or run around the house playing chase, or playing peek a boo games on the couch. I have so much fun with my son; and I get excited and inspired all of a sudden now when I see balls or bubbles or elevator buttons. He’s teaching me daily to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.
If we can appreciate the tiny gifts that are surrounding us every day, we can start to experience true joy and feel complete and happy. Practicing yoga is a great place to start learning how to live in the moment; as well as being able to spend time with babies or animals. A usual 5 minute walk on our own can turn in to a 20 or 30 minute tour when walking with a little one or a dog. It’s so great to discover that all we really need in life is a little inspiration, a lot of curiosity, and a few balloons!
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!