Take a breath.
Make a conscious decision to enjoy.
Enjoy every single mundane, yet delightfully ordinary moment.
Every season of life slips away so quickly. From rising to adulthood to singleness to newlyweddedness to babies to mothering teenagers to sending the adult children off to the golden years of retirement, life is gone quick as the breath of air in our lungs. You can’t slow down time, but you can focus on being present. One of my favorite quotes has to do with this very subject. Jim Elliot, a young man who died on the mission field nearly 60 years ago, said, ““Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
Every day is a gift; every moment is special. My personality is particularly prone to setting goals and always pressing forward. Always looking ahead, moving onward, going to the next thing and getting things done. However, life is meant to be lived and enjoyed and savored. Our lives may seem ordinary to others. That’s okay. Whoever said that ordinary was bad?
Today may be an average day. I will enjoy it. Tomorrow may be mundane as ever. I will enjoy it. The next day may hold no surprises. I will enjoy it. Next week may be perfectly planned to the minute; full of work and sleep and many small tasks in between, but I will enjoy it.
What am I enjoying lately?
- Companionable silence while sipping coffee as my husband and I commute to work together every morning.
- The inward smile when I see one pig-tailed niece doing quiet playtime with a tiny stable and no less than ten plastic horses. She sings tuneful songs that sounds like “neeeeigh! neeeeigh-ayyy-ah!” Cuteness personified.
- The moment I sink my hands into warm sudsy water to clean those few pans that won’t quite fit into the dishwasher.
- When the Caspian-the-kitty lays his furry feline chin on my arm as I’m reading in bed. In five minutes, he’ll get tired of it and start play-biting my arm but in the meantime, I’ll like his soft snuggly-ness.
- Seeing people enjoy gifts that I’ve given them. Like a different niece with her ‘pink ring’ and Brandon with his homemade crocheted scarf. It was a Christmas gift a few weeks late. Yes, I really did crochet it and he really does love it (and it looks good on that handsome man!).
- When I realize that I have time to spare and I forgot my Bible at home… but there is a wonderful invention called an iPhone, with a Bible app.
- When one pile of papers leaves my desk and go to somebody else’s desk. Yes, work can be enjoyable! Even paperwork!
- Chocolate chips. Not in cookies. Just the chocolate chips.
- When Brandon breaks out his chemistry book to tell me how to cure heartburn… while curing my heartburn. I blame the chocolate chips.
- Snowflakes falling on the ground, my face and the world around me. Now that my life doesn’t involve “removing snow” (family snow removal business), I am free to alternately rejoice in the beauty of snow or bemoan its existence.
- The luxurious feeling of having my hair washed by someone else. It happens once every three months when my hair gets a trim and I truly enjoy it every. single. time.
- Throwing pillows onto a newly made bed.
- When I wake up and see that my air-dried hair got an extra dose of wavyness during the nighttime. After I repair the crazy hairs, things look good!
- Getting paid and subsequently paying off debt. The more exciting end result is our tradition of eating ice cream whenever we pay off a debt. Talk about motivation.
- Conversations with friends that leave me smiling and all warm-and-fuzzy inside. It might’ve been the warm liquids, but I’m holding onto the idea of conversation warming the soul.
- Painting my fingernails just before driving 30 minutes so they don’t get smudged.
- Those old hymns that echo in my heart over and over and over. “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus…”
- Winter. Nothing like a good cold snap to make you appreciate a warm coat and the promise of springtime more. Winter is just a season, though, so I am determined to love it for its three month reign in Pennsylvania.
- Being perched in my normal study-night spot on the bed, while looking up to see my husband studying intently at his desk. Studying what? Not really sure but it sounds complicated. Engineering and chemistry and geosciences and mathematical equations that make my head spin. Munching on late-night study snacks together (we try to keep it healthy most of the time). Being together, even if it’s being together for studying, is a privilege that I truly enjoy.
What are you enjoying lately?