“Be happy in this moment. This moment is your life.” –Omar Khayyam

It has been busy lately at Frederick County Pediatrics, both professionally and personally.

At work, we hired three new nurses—welcome, Molly, Betsy and Darlene! We are getting faster with our new computer system—thank you for your patience during our learning phase.

At home, we celebrated the college graduation of one daughter, the high school graduation of one son and the wedding of another daughter. We mourned the passing of two beloved aunts.

We know our patients and their families are marking milestones as well. There has been a wave of newborns lately (welcome to the world!) Childhood inherently has memorable occasions, largely because there are so many firsts: first smile, starting solids, sleeping through the night, first tooth, first step, first word, first friend, toilet training, starting daycare/preschool/kindergarten/middle school/high school, moving up through the grades, making teams, starting hobbies, and so on.

All of these are big moments. As such, they are worthy of acknowledgement because they are significantly impactful and will be remembered. It seems that we tend to measure our history by our big moments.

It occurs to me, though, that little moments are just as important because they make up most of the fabric of our lives. We have far more little moments than big ones. I recently made a slideshow for my son to commemorate his journey from kindergarten through high school and as he gets ready to go to college in the fall. It was a wonderful way to recapture moments with him and I was struck by how thankful I was to have pictures of ordinary days and times as well as extraordinary ones.  

While it may be unrealistic to celebrate every little moment, perhaps it is possible to strive to just enjoy them. Relax more. Stress less. Be thankful for what you have right there in the moment. Easier said than done, I know, but a good goal nonetheless.

Summer is a great time to slow down and embrace all our moments as they come. May your summer be safe, healthy and happy. Enjoy!