This IS Life

I was recently talking with a dear friend who was sharing about the craziness of her life and her recent mantra that “eventually life will slow down”.  After repeating this statement for the umpteenth time she shared that she was hit with the realization that this is life.   

As I have reflected on this conversation I have found myself challenged.  She is right.  THIS. IS. LIFE.  Like most people, I have a constant “to do” list in my head.  I must go here, go there, finish this, start that, clean this, make that appointment, call this person, see that person. . . the list is endless.  

Often times I get to the end of the day and the kids are in bed and I realize the day was a blur.  I survived it, but did I really LIVE it?  A day leads to a week, a week to a month, a month to a year. . . 

I have a completed to-do list, but how many precious moments did I miss because I was rushing by too quickly?

Time is not going to slow down for me so I must slow down and relish these precious days.  This is not easy for me and, in a way, this blog has challenged me to work on this.  To see the beauty in the simple moments of every day.  To close my eyes, breathe deep, and drink in the present moment.  I’m beginning to realize that the beauty of life does not come in the “big” moments like vacations, holiday’s, and party’s.  There is beauty in each and every moment and it is up to me to slow down enough to see it.  

Running through the yard
Drinking from the hose.

 A quiet moment between grandfather and grandson.

Enjoying a summer evening.

 Splashing in a pool.

Wrestling before bed.
It’s everywhere. 
“Life is full of beauty.  Notice it.  Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces.  Smell the rain, and feel the wind.”
-Ashley Smith

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