Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tiny Corners of Our Everyday Lives

There is a book my momma gave to me a couple of years ago called "Cold Tangerines"... it's author Shauna Niequist wrote that,
"The discipline of celebration is changing my life..."
and that thought really resonated in my own heart.
I love the way she writes. She has put into words thoughts I hadn't ever been able to formalize or come to grips with. Let me share an excerpt from her book...

"I believe that this way of living, this focus on the present, the daily, the tangible, this intense concentration not on the news headlines but on the flowers growing in your own garden, the children growing in your own home, this way of living has the potential to open up the heavens, to yield a glittering handful of diamonds where a second ago there was coal. This way of living and noticing and building and crafting can crack through the movie sets and soundtracks that keep us waiting for our own life stories to begin, and set us free to observe the lives we have been creating all along without even realizing it.

I don't want to wait anymore. I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day."
Sometimes I need to remind myself to be present, to soak up this day. Not to focus on the big events and just be busy in between them, but to take great satisfaction in these moments. Little as they may be, they comprise my life. And I want to live in gratitude now, not just in retrospect.


Karen Franklin said...

Love your comments about being present and living in the moment. Actually, I think it's a good description of your blog so far.

Cottage Industrious said...

Thank you Karen!

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