Friday, April 8, 2011

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on a perfect day like yesterday, with the sun shining brightly and warmly outside while inside my house is clean and organized and my baby crawls around the house, smile from ear to ear, i feel so happy i could burst. i ran. i read. i cleaned the refrigerator and baseboards. little accomplishments but
things that give me great contentment.

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but then, i think about families that are facing health challenges and grief and stop in my tracks. and then, i think about the families who have similar struggles, but don't have the same incredible support systems these families have and i get even sadder.  it doesn't seem fair or right for some people to suffer so much. i almost feel guilty for the joy i feel.

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but that doesn't make sense. i think the only way to honor these families to live in the moment, make the most of each day and be so incredibly grateful for the health and happiness i have. life is so beautiful and yet, so fleeting. there are no guarantees and while i don't want to live my life in fear of what could happen, i do want to live my life acutely aware of the lavish blessings that have been bestowed upon me.

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6 comments:

Angie All The Way said...

You hit the nail on the head. In order to live your life to the fullest you truly need to have gratitude for our blessings and recognize them regularly.

On the flip side, there is this person in my life who is fixated on all that is tragic in the world and it being the topic every conversation. "Did you hear about so and so and that tragic thing that happened," or "Can you imagine losing your son like so and so did?" (years ago, mind you) just as I'm smiling at my son as he plays so innocently and peacefully. What a depressing way to live your life!

Summer {athena in the middle} said...

this was lovely. thank you for this.

Diana Smith said...

These pictures look soo familiar with my little one! They are just so amazing!

Mary Nevin said...

gratitude is always so inspiring, especially from your perspective. thank you so much, you definitely readjusted my attitude today. it is in the little moments that we find true joy and serenity :)

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colleen said...

love this post - i feel the same way too about so many things in life.

oddly enough, i also feel quite accomplished, happy and content after cleaning my baseboards. something in those clean baseboards i guess!

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