My son was baptized on Sunday. Little christening suit, little white sweater, and little white booties. So sweet and adorable, except when we got up in front of the congregation, one little bootie fell off . I thought for a split second of trying to put it back on, but to be honest, I had a hard time putting them on at home, much less in front of the entire church.
So I took the other one off and watched. And listened. And soaked in every second of that beautiful moment of my baby being baptized. I smelled the lilies at the altar. I heard the beautiful sound of the water as it was poured over his head. I was present.
As the celebration ended, I remembered those sweet little wiggly toes and I was so grateful that I tuned in and didn’t give another thought to his bootie-less feet.
The moral of the story is this: Sometimes we forget. We forget to tune in to our lives because we are distracted by a very noisy world.
We forget all of the amazing stories of heroism and acts of kindness because we choose to listen to the absurdity of prostitutes and secret service agents instead.
We forget to keep our own marriage happy, because we are distracted by big rings and the supposed glamour of celebrities on TV.
We forget to tune in to our life and what we really want to do with it, because we are so concerned about what others will think.
Don’t make these same mistakes. Embrace those wiggly toes and don’t let the noise of the world distract you from what really matters.