Have you seen the quote going around the www, "Wherever you are, be all there"? The late Jim Elliot coined the phrase, but with more vigor:
Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.
Presence of mind. To hear my kids when they're saying my name. Eagerly listen to the pastor when he's preaching. Focus on Oliver's learning while I'm teaching him. Stop and listen to my girls' stories about their days and their imaginings for tomorrow when I tuck them into bed (by bedtime I'm usually feeling the doneness of my parenting for the day). To throw off distractions and just be where I am, when I am.
*don't anyone tell Oliver about those sentence fragments. I'd be in big trouble.
What I don't want to be content with is my relationship with Jesus, my ego, my laziness. I want to press on in my relationships, my teaching, my learning, my service. I don't want to settle for the way things are, but always try to improve. I want to be a life-long learner- carpe diem every darn day, while embracing my kids' childhood, my husband's cabinet-related ramblings, the opportunity to slow down and catch up with a friend.
I guess what I'm saying is, I want to "Make the most of every opportunity..." Ephesians 5:16