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If you could relive the past week, would you? Would you change anything?

Not at all. It was a great week with more highs than lows, and I learned a few things, too. I had friendships reinforced, plenty of family and friend time. My daughter and I took my oldest grandson (11) to camp about 200 miles away, and had his little siblings along for the ride. Being “trapped” with all of them meant I had the opportunity to listen to them, and get to know what’s interesting to them. It was time well spent, if a little trying at times. For the ages, 2, 4, and 5 they were good little travelers. Obviously the 11 year-old was just excited about going to a new camp that he was look forward to attending.

My goal is to live life one moment at a time, appreciating life as it unfolds. Yes, there’s still making the bed, doing the vacuuming the carpets, sweeping the stairs, making dinner, loading the dishwasher, but life is work sometimes — a lot of the time, and that means a series of accomplishments, and a feeling of worth.

Joy is rare, and if I expected to feel it every day, I would be disappointed. Living life as it comes minimizes unreasonable expectations, and keeps living in the present and not focusing on the past or future. It’s like when I’m talking with someone and their eyes are scanning the room to see who’s more important than me, or thinking about who they’re going to talk with next. They’re just not present — for me, and probably the next person they chat with.

Every day brings something new and shouldn’t be rushed along, whether it’s good or bad. That’s life.