If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment,
we miss everything.
When a child presents himself to you with his smile,
if you are not really there - thinking about the future or the past,
or preoccupied with other problems - then the child is not really there for you.
The technique of being alive is to go back to yourself
in order for the child to appear like a marvellous reality.
Then you can see him smile and you can embrace him in your arms.
- Thich Nhat Hanh