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Loving Life June 27, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jen @ 5:19 pm

This weekend I visited a friend who told me that, for the most part, she loves her life. It always catches my attention when someone says something like that, and it makes me question whether or not that is a statement I can make. And if it’s not, why not?

Although I have many good things and people in my life, I don’t think I can say with zero hesitation that I love my life right now. I figure that is an indication that either a change in perspective or a change in lifestyle is needed. Or both. But I did find myself feeling really good this weekend. Feeling that, at least for this weekend, I was loving life.

Why, you ask? I think it’s having hope for the future, and finding joy in the little things today. The things that when you think about them, are really the big things, such as…

  • Knowing that my friend is loving her life
  • Holding a beautiful baby and making her laugh
  • Seeing great friends
  • Visiting my old town, and my other old town
  • Mutually sharing with a stranger on the train
  • Crying at a good book, even if people saw me
  • Watching two little kids, a brother and sister, holding hands, apparently unforced by their parents
  • Moments of uncontrollable laughter
  • Seeing a friend happily married
  • Train travel, and being dropped off and picked up at the station by the love of my life
  • Helping a friend feel a renewed sense of hope
  • Taking a day off work just to spend time with my mom, with no occasion or agenda
  • Trying new things (quinoa, and birch flavored Izze)
  • Playing Wii swordfighting with all my might
  • Getting over taboos and saying anything
  • Hummingbirds
  • Getting knocked over by a dog
  • Smelling fresh oregano in the garden
  • A treehouse
  • Chocolate shoppes and craperies
  • Watching someone help a stranger at the train station
  • Walking by the lake on a beautiful day
  • Singing “Ode to Joy”
  • Sitting around a bonfire
  • Randomly running into a good friend in a town that is not near where either of us live
  • Seeing a family member take a risk to make a big life change, and being given a second chance at love
  • Being invited to give someone honest feedback, and being inspired by the vulnerability and courage of the person who asked for it
  • Working on a life goal and feeling confidence that I can accomplish it
  • Questioning life decisions I am currently making, but realizing that if I knew I only had five or ten years to live, these are the decisions I would make

I want to love life and love my life. I want to intentionally create the life that I want, the best life that God intends for me. And I want to intentionally see what there is to love about the life I am already living.

“If I have a hope, it’s that God sat over a dark nothing and wrote you and me, specifically, into the story, and put us in with the sunset and the rainstorm as though to say, Enjoy your place in my story. The beauty of it means you matter, and you can create within it even as I have created you.” –Donald Miller

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