The Present Moment

The Present Moment July 12, 2013


“WHAT IS IT?”  I hear my 7.5 yr. old screaming from the other room.

A bit of explanation from my husband.


A bit more explanation from my husband.  A bit of laughing.  A bit more frustrated tones from the son.



I’m not even kidding, this banter goes on similarly for another 20 helpless minutes while I’m in the kitchen loading up the dishwasher.  Finally I go in to find out what the ruckus is going on between these two.  Their both sort of laughing but Ran’s face is red, hot, he’s bordering on frustration and enjoyment.

presentAs it turns out, my husband has been reading him a few pages of The Present by Spencer Johnson each night.  He’s been trying to explain to Ran what living in the present moment is.  The concept is clearly over his head.


The next morning, I got incredibly motivated to take the training wheels off our sons bikes.  Ran, who’s never much been into bike riding or even remotely interested in going training wheel free, miraculously agrees to learn.

I’ve got his handle bar with one hand, the other on the back of his seat.  He’s nervous and he’s leaning on me as well.  “I will not let go,” I promise.  And then I start talking, not knowing how I’m going to finish.  “The secret to learning to ride a bike is…” (oh crap what is the secret?  Balance?  Hard-work? Focus?  Jeez, it’s been a long time!)  I’m contemplating what to tell my impressionable little protege.

Instead, he finishes my sentence with a question: “…living in the present moment?”

“Yes!” I declare.  “Yes.  That’s exactly it!”

Spencer Johnson for the save.


“On Fridays around these parts we like to write. Not for comments or traffic or anyone else’s agenda. But for pure love of the written word. For joy at the sound of syllables, sentences and paragraphs all strung together by the voice of the speaker.

We love to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. For five minutes flat.

Here’s how we do it:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog’s footer}.

3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt: Present.”

Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday

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  • jgaustin

    Love this Grace! You were before me on the Five Minute Friday posts – so glad to meet you! You have a lovely writing style and, as I’m getting ready to try and teach my little Grace how to ride her bike, perfect timing!

    • Thanks for stopping in! I always forget to do the one directly before me & look for intersting thumbnails. #confession Anyway, what we have found since is taking the pedals off, lowering the seat all the way down so they can touch and then teaching them to learn to balance w/out the frustration of trying to pedal and balance at the same time. Has worked well for the 7.5 yr. old, not too much for the 3.5 yr. old…but the baby was a stretch in the 1st place. Hope it works out fo ryour little Grace!

  • Grace, what a wonderful moment with your son! So sweet! Happy Friday and weekend!

  • Ha ha ha ha ha! So he was just baiting Daddy the day before? This story is precious. I hope he always remembers to stay in the present moment 😉

    • No, he wasn’t baiting at all…he was very confused. even when he said it to me, it was a question. He’s still confused about it all actually! lol

  • Denise Oldham

    lol, so glad you shared.

  • Jennifer Peterson

    love this and so glad you chose to write and link up!! You rock

    • thanks, Jen! Almost every FMF party I’ve been a part of has been b/c of you! seriously! you are such a wonderful encourager to me! thank you!!!!

  • This is great! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you, so much, Barbie! This one was fun! =)

  • mongupp

    I just started riding a bike after….20 plus years?! Yikes! After falling off a couple times, I can agree with Ran! Now I’m almost flying down the street!

    • Mongupp! ahahaha 20 years!!! oh my. I have to say you might be the only person I know who learned to ride that late in life! When I got a bike a few years ago, I realized how fun it was…I had forgot too! Here here to bike rides! =)

      • mongupp

        I used to ride when I was younger…the saying us true you never forget once you have learned to ride a bike even after 20 years!

        • hahahaaha awesome pic! I didn’t even know one could share pics through Disqus! I’ll have to figure that out! =)

          • mongupp

            When u click reply there’s a little icon under the comment box. Click on it to attach a photo!