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I am so excited, there is only 2 1/2 weeks of Seminary to teach this school year, and only 3 1/2 weeks left of school here in our school district. I cannot believe how time flies. I absolutely love teaching Seminary, however, not having to wake up at 5:30 in the morning is going to be great! At least for several months. This has gotten me thinking about endings. This end of the school year is fast approaching, but there are so many great things, new things ahead. But the ending isn’t here yet.

I think often, at least in my life, I tend to see the end coming and want to just speed it up. I am ready for the new beginning, the next thing coming. But as my kids have gotten older and started to leave home, things are ending that I don’t want to end. I love having my kids home and being able to watch them grow and learn and become, but some are gone already, and the rest will be leaving sooner than I would like to think about. This past Sunday I went to a missionary farewell of one of my daughter’s best friends. She will be leaving this week to go to England for 18 months. She said that she often wished life would hurry up, but one day her grandma said something to the effect of, “don’t wish my life away.” And I thought, “wow, how often do I do that?” Rushing through my life just to get to the next beginning, never really living in the moment I have now. Have you ever been around someone who you are trying to talk to or complete an assignment with, and they are so distracted by what’s coming next that they never really listen to you, or they are never really present in the activity that you are supposed to be doing or enjoying together?

Being present, in the present is such a hard thing to do sometimes. We definitely need to look ahead and make plans for the future. We do need to be working toward those plans and aspirations, and we do need to check in regularly to make sure we are still going the direction we need to be going. But all the work in getting where we want to be, happens in the now, the present. All the memories we make happen in the present, not in the future. If we don’t stop and make those memories, we won’t have anything to look back on later, and we won’t have anything that motivates us to keep going into the future.

I am grateful for the cousel from this wise grandma. I am grateful that I have these next 2 1/2 weeks to wake up early and spend an hour with some of the most fantastic youth on this planet, even if some of them sleep through my lesson! I am grateful that I have today to spend with my family and that I have 2 times during the week when I have the opportunity to talk to my daughter on her mission. Today I am going to strive to be present with the people I come in contact with, and especially with my family. What will you do today to be more present?

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