Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Appreciating the Small Moments

For those of you who don't know, I have been in Boomer, North Carolina since Friday at Camp Blue Skies. Camp Blue Skies is a camp for adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities or impairments. This is my fourth year volunteering, but my first time at their North Carolina camp.

Being back in my camp bubble reminds me to appreciate the small moments in life. I guess you could say the old cliche, "Make sure you stop to smell the roses." 

Being a pre-school teacher, sometimes I get so caught up in keeping schedule, wiping snotty noses, and teaching them to share (as well as submitting graduate school assignments, writing papers, and reading textbooks)
I forget to just 

Sit and enjoy the moment. 
Just be in the moment.
What do you see? What do you smell? 
What do you hear? 

This week I have spent most of my time with 7 older women (ages 59- 69ish). As you can imagine, they walk a little slower and need some extra assistance with ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). But they have slowed this ball of energy (me) down tremendously and reminded me to notice the small moments in everyday. 

Monday morning I took a refreshing hike up to the camp overlook. The view from the top of the mountains was beautiful. 

What a beautiful view to start off my morning. 
I spent the afternoon out on the lake. 


We also spent some time with the horses at camp. We brushed, walked, and fed them. Nothing overly exciting or news worthy, but just simply enjoyed being in the moment. Taking advantage of the moment. We weren't necessarily worried about where we were going next or if our clothes were clean. 


There is just something about remembering these small moments in life that re-energize me. 

At preschool, it's the moment when I get caught up in the organizing, fighting over toys, and parents coming to pick up that I forget to just sit and enjoy the moment. 
The preschoolers love to play. As a Child Life Specialist, shouldn't I be the first to advocate for the time for children to just play, to just be in the moment? We get so caught up in goals and assessment that we forget to say, "yummy!" to that pretend dinner they just cooked for us. 

So I challenge you this week: Be in the moment and enjoy it. 

It takes times. But you know as well as I do that it's always worth it in the end.