The holidays have passed and yet life still feels like it is all jumbled up in a fierce hurricane. All the things have started up again: school is back in session, activities are in full swing, the baby still screams a lot, and to top it all off, my family is moving. There is a lot of change happening in my little world and I’m not really sure how to feel about it. As I have been pondering all the change and reflecting on the new year, I’ve found myself thinking of my favorite Hallmark Christmas movie of 2016, A Nutcracker Christmas. Please tell me some of you ladies caught this gem of a movie! Well, the leading lady in the film is a ballerina whose big sister is constantly reminding her to take it “one plie at a time”.
Now, I’m certainly not a dancer (unless family dance parties in the living room count) but I think this advice is something that can easily be applied to anyone in any stage of life. One plie at a time or better yet for those of us non-dancers, one moment at a time. One developmental stage at a time. One crisis at a time. One tantrum at a time. One mess at a time.
I think we all live in the tension of looking forward to what is ahead while also trying to be present for what is happening now. For example, I’m ready to not have a clingy, loud toddler but I know as soon as he is older I’ll long for the days that he wanted me to hold him. This stage will pass. I can choose to press into it and embrace the loud, clingy moments, or I can choose to grumble, complain, and wish them away.
For me it is a day-to-day, minute-to-minute struggle to remind myself to slow down and take things as they come.
It’s not easy, I know, but I also know that life is happening in all the moments, not just the pleasant ones. Good or bad, these moments make up our days, which make up our years, which make up our lives. I don’t know about you, but I want to be there for all the moments of my life. And I’ll do my very best to take those moments one at a time. One plie at a time.
*A special thanks to Hallmark movie channel for churning out such delightful movies every holiday season!