There are endless messages we send either with our words or our actions. One that I have been increasingly attuned to is the one that reminds me that I only have one life to live. Maybe it’s growing older that has me feeling this way or maybe it’s the realization that mortality is real, either way, this is a thought that I can’t seem to shake.
I’m positive that at some point in your life, someone has cautioned you that “Life is too short not to enjoy all that it has to offer,” or maybe you are familiar with my favorite one, “Comparison is the thief of joy”. Short and sweet, yes, but it sends a powerful message–live YOUR life. One that even though I know to be true, I hadn’t really given it a whole lot of consideration until now.
Since March, I have been reading the book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and not only has it been very inspirational, it has been abundantly eye opening. One particular entry caused me to be more reflective than usual, and I think that it’s mainly because it speaks to where I am in my life right now- trying to really live my life. I thought that I would share it here on WIWBT because it was such a inspirational nugget for me, I knew that it would be of use to someone else.
From the entry titled June 21: Bloom where you are planted. Mary Engelbreit
As I have l tried and failed and tried again, I have discovered that if we are to flourish as creative beings, if we are to grow into Wholeness, we must Bloom Wherever We Are Planted. Right now, you might not have the perfect career, home, or relationship. Few of us do. But if you have the gift of today, you’ve got another chance to re-create your circumstances and make them as perfect as it’s possible to do with the resources you have. Today, you get another chance to get it as right as you can make it. What more could you desire?
Breathnach really gave me something to think about. I cannot tell you or recall the number of times I have compared my circumstances to someone else’s, how many times I have doubted my current situation, how many times I have cursed my portion, how many times I have failed to treat my life and the people in it like a gift. That’s why this realization is so necessary. As it called to my attention that each day provides me with another chance to re-create my circumstances, and it reiterates that I need to try to make my life better with the resources I have and not the ones I wish I had. My friend Sarah gave this book to me for my birthday this year, and I love that she thought of me when she ran across another copy of it. It is encouraging and so very relevant. It reminded me of the importance of gratitude and inspired me to Bloom Where I am Planted, and that is exactly what I plan to do. Simply typing the notion brings me a sense of calm, a state of being that I have so long desired. I wish the same serenity for you my perennial friends- Bloom. (and thank you, Sarah, xoxo).
Thoughtfully wishing you a “Simply Abundant” life,