What Lies Between

Taken by: LKW

I was reading one of my favorite magazines, Bella Grace, and happened upon an article written by Elle Harris. She wrote:

“ …. There is no looking ahead at the Author of Life’s chapter of your tale. And it makes you think, doesn’t it? About what really matters between one breath and another — and whether I’m using the breath within this very moment to compliment or curse, to speak or to listen, to drive away or to draw near. There may be nothing riding on a breath … or there may be everything.”

It is thought-provoking, because it forces me to consider whether I am using each breath for the greatest good. Over the years, I like to remind myself, and others, that we are not promised the next moment. It is not uncommon for us to forget that we don’t know if we will enjoy the next moment. We tend to take it for granted. In reality, that may come as a blessing, because such a realization would undoubtedly paralyze some of us. However, it also holds an important reminder for us. Instead of concerning ourselves with death, it holds a far more precious gift; the gift of savoring life to its fullest.

We have a choice. We can chose to live our moments filled with passion, joy, eager excitement, anticipation, and zeal, or to cease living in preparation for the inevitable. So, ask yourself, how do you wish to live your robust “in-between” moments?

Are they filled with curiosity, and anticipation of what the future holds? Do you take relish in the small things? You know, those seemingly inconsequential happenings that go by unnoticed. The mesmerizing sound of rain on a tin roof. The smell of jasmine wafting through your bedroom window. The sound of your favorite wind chimes as they dance and sing in a breeze. The rhythmic purring of your fur baby. The surprise discovery of a precious photograph that you thought long lost. The smile on your loves one’s face. Scores of these random moments occur every day.

It is said that true happiness comes in living in the present moment. It is in these moments that the magic happens. By recognizing the simple things that go unnoticed around us, we experience that which is truly important. Let’s view our lives as a series of opportunities that hold endless possibilities, and provides us the chance to live each moment of our lives fully, and with contentment for exactly where we are. Doing so, serves the greater good. Wouldn’t you agree?

Her Best Birthday Ever

Mythic Minnie MouseImage by Peter E. Lee via Flickr
Dai kept repeating, “This is my best birthday party ever.” Now, you have to understand that she is 4 years old and that there were exactly eleven people at this “party,” Still it was her “best birthday party ever.” The joy on her face said it all. A fun time was had by all and for the guest of honor, well, she taught me a little lesson.

Before hand, I was anxious that due to my illness, my house wasn’t as clean as I’d like and that I didn’t have the energy to throw a proper party for a 4 year old. I was worried that everything wouldn’t be just right and the party would be a disaster. I wanted Dai to have a fun and memorable day. As usual, I over did it, worrying about insignificant details that mattered to no one but me. In the end, everything wasn’t just right (Is it ever?) and guess how many people noticed.  NO ONE. All of my stressing and worrying succeeded only in increasing my pain level. 

Dai cared only about the plastic Minnie mouse tablecloth, plastic birthday banner, balloons, the accompanying paper accessories, pinata, blowing out candles on her cake and of course presents. The rest, it simply did not matter–at all. I should follow her lead, and let go of all that does not matter. I’ll never again have the energy of a 4 year old, but I’d love to once again see beauty in the simple things in life again. What a gift that would be!

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