One Friday last summer, I hopped in our mini van, kidnapped my young boys and headed home to Maine to visit my mom. (There’s still nothing that beats a mom hug.) With a five-hour road trip ahead of us, I was extremely grateful for the built-in entertainment system. And though I obviously can’t watch the movies with them, I often enjoy hearing the lines from the movies and chuckling along in response. This time the movie of choice was DreamWorks’ Kung-Fu-Panda.
About half way through the movie, I started paying closer attention to the story line about a panda named Po. The movie tells of his journey from bumbling, unsuspecting hero to “Dragon Warrior,” as he is trained by Master Chi Fu — a cute, furry badger-like creature. At the point where I started listening in, I heard these words from Po’s master: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But Today is a gift. That’s why they call it the PRESENT.”