Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

GOOD WORDS – Patsy Clairmont


I’ve been listening to Patsy Clairmont while I force myself to run on my treadmill a few times per week. This morning as I was working out and listening, I was struck by this.

Patsy was talking about a marine she was seated next to on an airplane. He was returning home from Desert Storm and she said to him, “You must have thought of this moment many times while you were overseas.”

His reply, “Oh no, Maam. We were taught not to think about what might never be, but to be fully available right where we were.”

How often do I focus too far down the road and miss out on being fully available right now? Too often I think.


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

2 thoughts on “GOOD WORDS – Patsy Clairmont

  1. Ouch. That hits me where I live too often. And, on another note, kudos to you for listening to a book while you run on the dreadmill…. oops, I mean treadmill. I can only FORCE myself on there with music. Spring is around the corner, right? 😉

    • The dreadmill is a good name for it 😉 I actually listen to Patsy speaking to a group of people instead of a book on tape. I have a feeling it’s a lot more animated than just listening to a book.

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