In the midst of a hectic day (where I am doing nothing I really want to do but things which are necessary), this is a good reminder. It's amazing how easy it is to be present when my 'activities' for the day are my choice; when they fall under the label of 'responsibility/duty', however, I have to dig deeper to be present.
I have a good friend who has many responsibilities -- and so many of those are self-appropriated. Iow, she puts things like spending time with her husband and doing activities with her kiddos under 'responsibilities'. Now I'll agree that there are times when doing things with the kids is definitely more of a duty than my first choice -- but as they get older, that's becoming less common (thankfully). Still, when I hear her talk about her life, I'm reminded that I need to allow more of my daily circumstances to be my 'choice', rather than my 'duty'.
How about you? How do you stay present?