Mardi Gras Magic

I was in New Orleans, my hometown,
last week for Mardi Gras.
I had the joy of participating in the festivities
from two perspectives.
I rode in a parade one night and also
stood on the street among the other parade watchers
at other times.

What struck me about each vantage point
was that in addition to having pure fun,
I was completely present and in the moment.
There was no thinking about the past, future,
worries or anticipation of things to come.

When I was riding, I was taking in the crowd
and tossing beads to enthusiastic revelers.
The only concern I had was
to throw the beads so people could catch them in the air
and to not hurt someone.

While on the ground,
I was focused on the beauty of the floats
and also trying to catch beads or a rider’s attention.
Again, the only place to be was in the joy of the moment.

When I got home, my everyday reality appeared and
began vying for my attention.
It was reminding me of emails to be read and sent,
a presentation to be practiced, laundry to be washed
and organizing/unpacking to be done.

As I look at my stash of beads,
I am reminded of just staying present
and enjoying whatever I am doing in the moment.
Do not get caught up in the swirl of all the “to-do’s.”

As I go forward and find myself distracted
from my current activity,
I am going to ask myself, “Are you catching beads?”
This is my signal to return to the present
and find the joy. (My theme for the year.)

What are you catching?

Mardi Gras Magic

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