Having been out of town all last week and being offline that whole time made today really overwhelming as I was faced with the stacks of envelopes and packages that arrived during our absence and the massive backlog of unread emails, texts, and voicemails needing to be returned. It was all I could do to keep my head above water all day today as I tried not to drown in the stress of all that was needing to be done.
I had just gotten off a business call tonight when I heard a little voice yell excitedly, “Grandma…grandma…grandma….” My three year old grandson Flynn was running in our door heading right at me. He threw himself into my arms and wrapped both arms around my neck to give me a huge hug. His one year old sister Maggie came running in behind him with a great big grin on her face. My son Dalton and his wife Alexis had brought my grandkids to see me along with Chinese food for dinner.
As everyone was at the kitchen counter taking up plates of food and getting seated at the table I hurriedly attempted to finish a message I had been trying to send when they arrived. Then my grandson, now up in his highchair, yelled, “Grandma get over here and eat dinner with me!” That was that…I shut the laptop and put down the phone and immediately obeyed his command….and I’m so glad that I did…
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner together and talked and laughed and as I was hugging them goodbye in our driveway all I could think of was how grateful I was for my grandson’s reminder that nothing else I needed to get done was more important than being present in the moments I was getting to spend with my family.
Nothing will ever be as important as being present in the time we are blessed to get to spend with our family.
~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )