Tag Archive | simple things in life

The Gift In Ordinary Moments

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The other day, I shared that a friend’s Mama recently passed.  Although we hadn’t known each other for more than a few years, what we packed into those few years was a lifetime of friendship.  You know, when you bond instantly and there’s no rhyme or reason to it.  It just happens effortlessly?

I can’t seem to stop the tears when I think about the good times we had and I just realized why…Because I am grateful for the ordinary moments we shared that ended up being extraordinary.  Let me repeat that…

Ordinary moments we shared, ended up being extraordinary

There’s a preciousness to ordinary life that we forget in our haste to be special.  There’s a gift in being present without fanfare, the gift of just sitting around talking or sharing a meal that when we look back, it wasn’t special, it wasn’t a hoopla holiday.  It was the ordinary mealtime, but because we were all together, it was special.

Am I making sense?

It’s the simple things, the ordinary meals that are like home to us.  The caring, the camaraderie, the joy in just being together in the routine setting makes for a precious memory.  We don’t need the hoopla all the time.  Yes, hoopla holidays are special.  I have no doubts about that!  But the preciousness of being outweighs them in my book.

Perhaps I’m feeling melancholy today, noticing the simple pleasures that surround us in everyday life that we sometimes overlook.  Being in that moment of presence is just so important.  Don’t you think?

Shine On!

xo

 

 

The Real Things in Life

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“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”  ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Say what you will for there will be those who disagree with me.  It’s a choice in how you view your world and the changes which arrive at times when you least expect them and when they are less than favorable for change.  But the choice remains yours alone in how you view the real things in life for they don’t change.  What are the real things in life to you?  What matters most to you?

I like the above quote for no matter our circumstances we can find happiness in the simple pleasures and they are what count.  Boil down what matters most in life and what you believe is your heritage, what you leave behind as your legacy, and you can find what is real.  Fame and fortune while nice to have, are not real to me.

A life filled with goodness, love, faith and mercy.  Finding happiness in the simple pleasures is what I’d like my legacy to be.  A life filled with respect, kindness, integrity and an openness to love and to forgive is what I strive for in my life.  I am not so dense as to think I can tick off this list easily.  Quite the opposite.  I believe that it is a conscious effort to choose how to live each and every day.  It is the sum of these that I share as my hope-filled legacy and memory after I am gone.

I love Laura Ingalls Wilder and spent many a Sunday night cozy in bed with my Mom and Sissy as we watched Little House on the Prairie.  I think that this quote is simple and true and thought provoking to some.  Perhaps it resonates with you as well.

May you find peace in suffering and changes.  May your life be filled with liquid moments of friendship, connections and love.  May you build a sturdy bridge from here to eternity and may you meld with love in all you do.

Shine On!

xo

Monday’s Wish

32867_Make a Difference…TODAY ~ and Everyday!

It’s Monday.  I know, I know.  I feel the same way this morning.  But when I found this card, I thought ~ Voila!  My inspiration for the day!  I am going to make a difference today and I want you to come along with me and do the same thing!  Puuullleease?

I try to make a difference everyday ~ even if it’s only taking the bug out of my house and putting him outside instead of squashing him because he’s invaded my home.  Because in doing so, I am making a very big difference in that bug’s life.  Silly I know, but I think sometimes we get bogged down with the idea that we have to make some grandiose universal gesture in order to make a difference.  But we don’t.

We can make a difference with the slightest change of our thinking, our actions,  our words and our intentions.

So today as you go about your routine, perhaps you can spread a little kindness.  Hold the door open for the person behind you.  Smile at a passerby.  Look the clerk in the eye at the store when you purchase something.  Leave some wildflowers at a neighbor’s house.  Bake a cake for an elderly person.  Pay the toll for the person behind you.  Let someone go ahead of you in line.  Hug your family.  Tell someone that you love them, that you appreciate them and how you truly feel.  Give a compliment to someone.

There are so many ways we can easily make a difference!  There are thousands more ways ~  will you join me today?  Let me know below what you did! 

Shine On!

xo