Thursday, November 11, 2010

On the mundane

Just posting this here because I think it's a shame the way Facebook sends so much of my good stuff into digital oblivion after a week or so.

A friend posted something like: There has to be more to life than doing the same thing every day.

To which I responded something like: Life is about taking little moments of joy and weaving them into the tapestry of your life in such a way that they make it beautiful. In every tapestry there is a base of unremarkable threads, but here and there is the silver strand of being there for your brother's big award, or the way your wife smiled when you told a joke, or listening to someone. Those moments make your life beautiful. People think that because jobs take so much of our time that they are something we should allow to define us, but they are really more like brushing teeth. We all do them every day, and it's a good idea to do them well, but they don't define who you are. You are not a _____ or a tooth brusher, you are _____, son of God, and I for one am proud to know you.

(I didn't put in his name and profession, because I didn't seek his permission to put them on my blog.)

The funny thing is, he's one of the best guys I know, smart, funny, spiritual, family oriented, hardworking, hard-playing, sweet, and thoughtful. No wonder his INCREDIBLE wife fell in love with him. He's the kind of guy that people say they can "expect great things from," but he is already doing great things, he just doesn't see it.

So I hope you, as one of my 6 readers, will take a moment and look at the tapestry of your life. Now don't look at what is there, first consider what you see. Are you seeing the banality? Are you seeing the mopping of the floor and the commute to work?
Well stop it.
Start DELIBERATELY looking at the beautiful things. Recognise when those strands are being woven in, stop to appreciate the glitter of that child's smile, the bright red of your sacrifices, the green of each new beginning, the gold of your service.

See what you are, for you are something great.


Anna said...

Thanks for the reminder. That's what I started my blog for, but I've neglected it. It's also harder to remember the good things when I feel overwhelmed, which I have lately.

Thora said...

Oh I hear you on overwhelmed. I always am this time of year.

AutismPsyD said...

Maybe an appropriate subtitle for this blog should be "the wit and wisdom of a dynamic and gold-threaded, clearly NOT mundane redhead"???

Hindsight shouts support for your suppositions here, kiddo. Hindsight and regret. Glad to see you have learned to find the positive. Laugh much today.

AutismPsyD said...

Another thought: Michael McLean's "Ninety and Nine" and "She Doesn't Know" come to mind...the brethren need to get past the fact that these were written with women in mind and see the kernals of truth that are so applicable in their own lives.

YOU are "one of the ninety and nine" and I'm SOOOO glad that you are AND that one huge focus of your life is to serve with a sense of sisterhood, an "angel in disguise" with "heaven in [your] eyes" and humble enough to make the service true and other-focused!