Monday, December 21, 2009

The Present

"The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why 'this moment' is called 'the present'."


This phrase keeps going through my mind today. I went to a memorial service for an old friend, Chris Feinstein, who passed away unexpectedly last week in New York. I had not really seen him much in a lot of years except for as a facebook friend, but he was a super talented musician (Ryan Adam's/The Cardinals bassist), a fixture of my youth and the alt-music scene here in Nashville (as someone put it at the memorial, we were all like a graduating class together), and just an absolute sweetheart of a guy and everyone who knew him loved him. He was too young, too full of life, and it "wasn't supposed to happen".

As I looked around the room at all of the people touched by him, people I had known for years, I was reminded again how precious life is and how important it is to cherish every day we are here and to let those we love know that we love them.

As all this was floating through my head I got back into mommy mode and realized that I never put a Christmas card together this year. If you didn't get anything in the mail from me this year it was not really a conscious effort to diminish my environmental footprint, it just got away from me with book promotions, five-year-old birthday parties and closing on a new house. So I decided to take a quick cell phone shot of Little Man by the tree to send out in a little e-greeting. Ironically, look what he chose on his own for his prop ...

It felt like definite synchronicity!

Enjoy your present everyone! It truly is a beautiful gift.



Christina Simon said...

A wonderful tribute to your friend. i agree with you...i try to remind myself to appreciate the things we have.

Nice blog...following you from MBC

Happy Holidays!
Christina said...

Love that quote, so true.

Enjoy your present as well :)

Lisa said...

What a cutie! Merry Christmas to you both!

yonca said...

This moment is a it! Have a wonderful holiday!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. I hope you had a beautiful holiday and that you were able to enjoy the spirit of it all, regardless of the hectic days beforehand!

Thank you for your thoughtful comment on my blog. I appreciate you sharing your ideas on what we were discussing and the honesty among friends. Happy not yet 2010!

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