One of the very first lessons I learned during our year in France (right after this one: no smiling at strangers) was to enjoy each moment as it unfolded.
I learned it most strongly by putting off until another day my desire to take a photo of a field of sunflowers. We drove past it two or three times, and each time we passed, I promised DH and myself that we would take the photo “next time.”
Of course, on the day we planned to go snap our photos, the flowers had been shorn from the ground, leaving sad stubble in an empty field.
Since then, I’ve tried to be more fully aware of the amazing things that are happening to me right now. Not the ones just on the horizon, or the ones that might happen someday if I do everything the way I should. Planning and scheduling and taking care of business are all well and good — just as long as they don’t negate the miracles unfolding right here in the now.
So it was almost overdetermined that on this trip, I should drive past these fields and click these photos to keep and to share. Not only is life full of magical, once-in-a-lifetime events that we must appreciate as they are happening, but also it is full of second chances.
Enjoy. We sure did.