My mother was a busy woman, my father worked long hard hours and was away most of the time, leaving my mom with us kids and the household to run. This worked well for my family. My mom was not however the kind of lady who stopped and smelled the roses so to speak. She was busy and efficient. Her movements were measured and she worked to get the job done.
In her process of dying, when she was close to the end, when she had been hospital bed ridden for several weeks and hadn't moved much, she had a day where she was quite alert and asked to go outside. We were all happy to see her doing so much better. The hospital staff warned us that patients often have a day or two where they seem to be "getting better" right before they pass on and in my mothers case they were right.
I learned more than you can imagine from that journey we took outside the hospital walls with my mother, in her wheelchair and hospital gown. We looked like a parade going outside that day. Mt mother was surrounded by her family, her sisters, her children, her husband, her grand children and the people who loved her most in this world.
We crossed the street and sat on the sidewalk on the edge of the parking lot. My mother sat in her chair, raised her head, turned her face to the sun and was simply happy in that moment. She knew she did not have much time left in the world she had been living in and yet she was simply happy. There was no ego, there was no desire for anything more, she found pure and simple happiness in that moment.
In that very same moment, I learned one of the most important lessons of my young life. I see value in taking time to just be in the moment, being happy to simply Be.
We don't have to wait to be in a beautiful picturesque setting to enjoy our surrounding, sitting on the sidewalk next to a parking lot is blessing enough in it's self. We don't need to sit on a yoga mat, in a church, or anywhere else we deem to be Holy, to feel complete, introspective or happy. We can find happiness and joy in the simple act of being.
I have been blessed to have shared in my mother's life here on earth and I know we will see each other again, but I the meantime, I spend my life being happy in each moment of my life, loving , grateful and truly blessed. whether I am sitting in a parking lot, on my yoga mat or in the beauty of nature.