If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. When a child presents herself to you with her 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 her smile and you can embrace her in your arms.
--Thich Nhat Hanh--