Isn’t it funny how the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence?
(Well, I think it’s funny anyway… My husband Nate, on the other hand, is quite particular about our yard and does not find it funny — in the least — that our neighbor’s grass is greener than ours).
Anyway, we somehow always seem to think “When I grow up…” or “Once things settle down…” or even “Next year I’ll…” as though maybe then we’ll have the energy, motivation, or ability to hurdle that fence keeping us away from pure happiness.
We live for the next big thing, often convincing ourselves that tomorrow will have less cares and worries than today. Tomorrow we will experience the world. Tomorrow we will have the answers (or at least more of them) and then we’ll have time to ‘smell the roses’. To do the things we’ve always wanted. To make our dreams come true.
Hey, I’ll admit it. I’ve been as guilty of this as anyone.
But I guess you could say that I had a bit of a wake-up call, when my husband Nate was seriously injured during the summer of 2012. He was brutally attacked, and stabbed, in the line of duty; and doctors told me that he might not live. Also, if he did survive, there was an extremely high chance that he would never walk, eat, breathe, or speak again.
Although it took months of recovery, my husband not only lived but recovered fully, other than a numb left leg. It was our very own miracle!
Every day since then has been beautiful. I learned that each day is a gift from God. That He has everything in His hands, and He will always carry me through. So worrying about ‘what might be’ when He knows ‘what will be’ is fruitless and a complete waste of energy.
I also learned that life is good. It’s not perfect, but it is good. Each and every single day should be lived to the fullest, because it’s precious and filled with amazing experiences and people.
I learned that every moment should be faced with a sense of wonder and that every blessing God gives me should be cherished. It’s not about what may come to be, whether it’s good or bad. It’s about what I have now and what I can do to make the most of it.
I don’t need to let myself get exhausted over trying to make things happen, when I could be experiencing the life I’ve been given.
Today I should laugh and dare to be silly.
To see the beauty around me and embrace the unknown. To love the people in my life and do what makes me happy.
We don’t need to live for the day we have more of whatever it is we think we need more of. Today counts. It matters!
And so, with the help of this blog, I am going to embrace each and every single day!
Join me on my New England adventures with my bestest friend — and sister — Sarah…
… and with my handsome hubby Nate.
I’m going to Just Live It… and I hope you’ll come along for the ride!