Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The Simple Things
The older I get the more I realize that happiness comes in enjoying the simple things. I used to think that when my husband made more money that we could enjoy this and that but when we were finally able to it would sometimes be a let down, surely my expectations were too high.
I also used to think that if we were able to purchase more things that would bring happiness (what new wife doesn't think this??) but when I was able to do that I found myself overwhelmed with too many things to take care of, organize and they even stole time away from me. Not what I expected.
Now in my ripe old age of 36 I find myself doing weird things and gaining much pleasure from it. Such as:
--Smelling my babies and children when they hug me to get the full effect of each moment.
--Smelling roses, flowers and stopping to look and talk about them (who had time to do that before?)
--Enjoying sounds of nature (birds singing, oceans roaring)
--Going on walks, looking at the sunset
--Not rushing around, slowing down to notice things around me
--Being "in the moment" with my family and not having my mind preoccupied somewhere else
I guess the things that mattered once before just did not have enough substance to it. Once they were attained they were quickly forgotten. I've felt like I've lived many lives (living on the 'wild side' as an unsaved person) and was never happy but now...now I am totally complete. I no longer have to long or yearn for something that I am searching for because I found it all in Christ. And He has blessed me with something so precious---a family. He has also given me health to enjoy it all. And that is a blessing.