Saturday, January 22, 2011
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE AREN'T THINGS
BUT...there are some THINGS that make me smile, too. I could make a list or write a song (oh, Julie Andrews already did that!) or even take pictures of my favorite things.
Sometimes if a grandchild is having difficulty going to sleep I tell him/her to close their eyes and think about their favorite things. They always get that dreamy faraway look that tells me that they're thinking really hard and I can leave the room knowing that sweet peaceful sleep is imminent.
It's fun to dream about favorite things once in a while.
My short list includes, in no particular order of importance: puppy dog tummies, hybrid bearded Iris's, French soap, dusty old bookstores, antique shops, fabric stores, yarn shops, the mountains of Alaska, the beaches of Hawaii, sheets that have dried on a clothesline outside, letters from friends, fuzzy robes, new shoes, BOOKS, a red ripe Illinois tomato, a ride in a convertible, morel mushrooms freshly picked from an Illinois riverbank, the Smithsonian, old pick-up trucks, a plane ticket, an e-mail from a family member or friend, an evening free of anything electrical, Gardenias, MUSIC, and a picture crayola-colored by a grandchild.
My list COULD get long. It might take days to complete it!!!
The moral of this story is.......my life is full! Full of the important things of life and blessed with a whole lot of extras. I think it's really healthy to stop and count 'em up every now and then.
Kris Kristopherson used to sing about it, "what have I ever done...to deserve even one...of the blessings I've known?'
The answer...NOTHING!...NOT ONE THING...... have I done....it's all GRACE!