Being present in the moment is not as easy as it sounds. It takes a good deal of focus and refocusing. I can tell myself I am “in” the moment but I am often creating lists in my head of what I need to do, or recalling events in the past. Others feel most listened to when we are really present in the moment. This means stepping away. Stepping away from technology and all the other distractors out there. My daughter turned 16 last week and I have found myself feeling this bittersweet excitement. I am excited about her future but at the same time wanting to turn the clock back and slow down time. I have a few short weeks away from my school based job and I am making a concerted effort to step away and be present for my kids and family. I only have a few more summers of running them around and spending long hot afternoons at swim practice and swim meets. I want to enjoy slower mornings, and movies, and kayaking, and trips to the beach…..And just plain listening. For it is when you really tune in and listen that you are fully present.