This weekend has been amazing. We were blessed with a visit from April’s brother and sister and made the very best out of the opportunity to be present. We played board games, listened to some of the rough edits from the album, and made each other laugh like crazy. We cut loose and I can only imagine that our waiter last night was shaking his head from time to time when he left our table. It was good, peaceful, and definitely needed.
Being present is something I’m trying to be much better about. We often think about what has already happened and what might happen so much that we miss out on what IS happening. Someone once told me that the only thing that is real is what is happening, and if you spend your time in the realm of “already” and “might”, you are living outside of your life. Pretty interesting thought.
It really is amazing how much time we spend trying to figure other people out and how often we dwell on things that are no longer happening. Maybe we’re trying to better understand something that happened or it was awful and doesn’t seem to leave us alone. Maybe we are having a hard time with something and we’re trying to fill in all the blanks with what may or may not be. Whatever the case, we can often spend an incredible amount of time being anywhere but truly present. I think that, like most things, balance is key. You have to learn from the past, plan for the future, and be present for the here and now.
It was nice to look around the table and feel connected to the moment, and not what was or what could be.
I felt very present this Shabbat and I’m thankful for it. It was a beautiful weekend and we’re now preparing for this next wave of rain that is coming our way. April said something super kind to me today as we were buying some supplies. She said, “you are more you”. I feel like it.
On the music front, things are chugging along nicely. We’re adding new shows and Shabbat services soon and I’m very excited to be working with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Have an awesome week and remember to take those moments to focus on being exactly where – and who – you are.
P.S., the city of Houston has set up a relief fund for all of the folks who have been impacted by the flooding. If you are interested in donating to that fund or checking out their page, click HERE.