“Just Today”


Just this

“Good morning,” he said, smiling, nodding. “Nice day.”

He’s the captain of one of the lobster boats at the town landing one town over. The place I go to take photos almost every day. He’s there, too, getting his lobster boat ready to go out. No matter the weather he goes out—everyday I’m there anyway—yesterday I took a photo of his boat heading out in thick fog.

Today was different. It was bright and sparkling, there was a freshening breeze, and the pea soup from yesterday was…well…a thing of yesterday. I was sitting on a low concrete retaining wall, basking in the sun and taking photos.

After he greeted me—the first time we’ve talked except when I’ve asked him if it was okay to take photos of his boat—I greeted him back. “Good morning. Really nice! I’m just enjoying the warmth…knowing what’s coming.”

He looked like he wasn’t sure what I meant. Did I mean I thought the fog was coming back? Another storm?



I meant winter.

“Wint—” I started.

He cut me off before I could finish. “You don’t want to do that. Just today. That’s what we have. Just enjoy today.”

I thanked him, we shared a smile, a moment, and he continued on his way to the dock.

It stayed with me, his advice. I tend to be one of those people who wants to know…everything. To not leave anything up to chance. It makes me a little nervous. It’s gotten easier (as I’ve gotten older) to relax into enjoying, just enjoying the day, the sun on my face. And my solo cross-country trip last summer helped me move in the right direction—toward living in the moment—but I needed to hear it this morning.



I’ve got a long to-do list today. It felt like too much this morning before I talked to the boat captain—who I’m sure has just as long or longer a list—but now it feels doable. More enjoyable anyway.

And I may just make a second trip to the water’s edge… and not just today.


The fog blowing out to sea

What about you? Are you like me? Often getting ready for something instead of just enjoying the day? Or are you better at just enjoying today? 




  1. Micky Wolf says:

    I definitely relate, Julia. Yes, yes, and yes to your questions. 🙂 Maybe it’s the flurry of hurry of being young and full of energy that only time tames or slows. By the same token, I do encourage my adult children and others to take pause-breaks along the way. It is too easy to miss some of the most precious moments of life and living if we rush from one thing to the next. Here’s to believin’ you may be makin’ that second trip before the sun is fully set. Thanks for sharing. And as always, your photos are beautiful. 🙂

  2. Shary says:

    I’m always worrying about what’s coming. And if not that, I’m worrying about what I didn’t do (or did) yesterday that will throw a wrench in my plans. I definitely need to take the lobsterman’s advice. Time to go out in the garden and play with Lola!

    • We are peas in a (foggy) pea soup… or pod… or something, Shary! I think a lot of us need the lobsterman’s advice. I hope you got the play time with Lola in your beautiful garden.

  3. I love this post, Julia. We all need reminders don’t we. I have to say, I’m a bit like the lobster boat captain. In fact, I drive my family mad by not wanting to think ahead or plan and just see what every day brings. I rarely know what we are going to be doing the next day or what we are having for tea until I open a cupboard! This is not always good! It’s not always easy either, but I think we’re all a whole lot happier when we live in the moment a bit more xo

    • Thank you, Abi, so glad you enjoyed it! And I completely agree with this: “I think we’re all a whole lot happier when we live in the moment a bit more” and I’m lucky that I live with someone who’s much more like that (to remind me) when I’m not like that myself. Then again, a lobsterman or two’s advice can never hurt! xox back 🙂

  4. I’m a JUST FOR TODAY kinda gal.

    And I couldn’t bear to face a to-do list. Rather, I work from a ta-dah list: http://wp.me/pP1C5-1eu Enjoy!

  5. Christine M Grote says:

    A nice reminder, Julia. Sounds delightful to sit and watch the boats go out.

  6. Wonderful story and reminder — Just now, just today. Great pics too!

  7. Terrific post, Julia. We all need that reminder from time to time — to live in the present moment. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the to-do list or worry about something that hasn’t happened yet (this is a big one for me) that I miss out on enjoying the now. A very wise boat captain.
    BTW — I love your morning photo series.

    • I’m easily wrapped up in the details of life, too… and worry is a huge problem for me as well. In fact often I change plans or never plan anything at all for sake of worry. That makes me miss the now AND the then. So glad you’re enjoying my morning photo series. Now that sunrise is later, I’ll plan more! Thanks, Jackie!

  8. Lisa Ahn says:

    Thanks for this reminder! I am especially bad at staying in the moment. Right now, we are getting ready for a big move, and I’m always in yesterday or tomorrow. So, just today, I’ll breathe and be grateful.

    • Oh Lisa, moves are the hardest. I constantly second guess myself at those times… on the other hand, sometimes the minute tasks you are forced to deal with give you no choice but to be in the moment. Here’s to calmer and easier days soon. “Breathe and be grateful,” are great words to live by. Thanks for taking a moment to read!

  9. This reads like a scene from a book! He’s the wise old sailor and you’re the protagonist. 🙂 “Just today” (or “just right now,” even) is one of the mantras of a poet, but it’s hard sometimes. The past can be consuming, and, like you, I’m an over-planner who wants more control of the future. But just today really is the best place to be.

    • “Just right now.” I love that even more. Sometimes the past really does overwhelm me (easy at times as you age, unfortunately), and the future begs for planning, but “today really is the best place to be,” is the best way I agree. Thanks for your kind words, Annie.

  10. Thank you for this Julia, I appreciate the reminder to live in the moment, which can be hard sometimes, especially when there seems to be a lot to worry about. Loved your vivid description of your moment with the lobsterman, I felt like I was right there with you. 🙂