Glass, Paper or Plastic?

In all honesty, I have been known to be a plate spinner. Seriously, I could join the circus or a traveling side show and make some money with all it seems I have going on at some points in my life. These are the times that I accidentally put on that cape, the magic wristbands, and headband (from the earlier post about Wonder Woman) and try to get through the days. My standing joke is "Yes, I have a lot of plates spinning - I just hope if one falls it is paper or plastic!"

However, sometimes the plate that falls is glass - and it shatters. This picture by Ann Voskamp reminds me today - and hopefully every day - of something that I learned years ago and still struggle sometimes to put into practice. Being IN THE MOMENT.  What does that mean?  Well, to me, it means not being distracted about what did not get done, or what is left to do, but to be totally immersed in the work and conversation before me so that I can have an active memory of what is happening. I don't want to do my life on auto-pilot. But, when my schedule gets too crazy, and the plates start spinning - productivity can often win over presence.

How about you? Are you able to be present in the moment? That is why each moment is a gift. What distracts you? Can you identify with my plate spinning?