On Sunday morning, we awoke to a white snowy landscape. My little boy couldn’t wait to get out there. He squealed with delight as the sledge picked up a tiny bit of speed as it slid down the gentle slope.

As the snow quickly melted, the sides of the road were lined with piles of heaped up snow. That needed to be stomped on. Every single one needed to be stomped on by little boy. Yes, every single one.

They say that kids are here to teach you lessons. That evening, I had a few errands to run around the neighbourhood and with the snow stomping, it took forever to get anywhere. My lesson seems to be patience, prompting conversations of being vs. doing as well.

They say that how you do anything is how you do everything. It made me realize that I am often “doing” rather than “being”.

On mindful.org (1), “doing” was thinking about the future or the past, thinking of the discrepancy between who you are now and where you want to be. Whereas “being” was experiencing the present and allowing it, not necessarily having to change anything.

It was such a good reminder to take my time, to be in and enjoy the moment in all areas of my life. Time to stomp along with my little boy and remind myself of “being”.

How about you? Is it time for you to “be”?


1) The difference between “Being” versus “Doing” – Mindful.org