Thursday, January 19, 2017

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”

~ Albert Einstein

Maybe a book and a cup of tea too?

I need far less than I think I do in order to live a fulfilled life. Contentment and gratitude: these are things that no amount of money can purchase but that are priceless when I learn to embrace them.

It’s Thursday already. More reminders this week to be present and make the most of each precious day I am gifted with. Some days I falter; recognizing the trip is the first step to getting back on track.

Other lessons this week too. I’ll never reach the place where I know it all, or have everything figured out, this side of heaven. Some days though, I wish I’d learn certain lessons more fully so I don’t have to keep revisiting them.

In the end, it’s all part of the tapestry of my life I’m weaving through the choices I make every day.

Is the legacy I am creating the one I want to leave behind? Is my sphere of influence better because I’m here? These things I ponder almost daily.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I share your reflections today. I think we think more along these lines with age or at least I certainly have. Days become precious and the decisions we make taken on greater importance. Learning to live more in the moment has become more important to me…Thank you for your thoughts today….

    1. I agree, Nancy. As we mature our priorities shift. It’s a change I appreciate more and more. Have a wonderful day.

  2. Our priorities change over the decades…years ago I wanted “things.” Now, I want more time with family, grandsons (had some last night and it was simple and wonderful), and I want more time with friends, and I want peaceful time with myself. I have grown to realize that time alone can be just as wonderful as those crazy, crowd-filled days of my youth.

    1. It seems that wisdom is one of the wonderful gifts of aging and we learn to appreciate those things that are priceless. Love that you had some simple “grand” time, Karen. I still maintain that grand days are the best ones of all!

  3. Yes! An emphatic, joyous and delicious Yes! My life is most definitely better because I am in your sphere of influence. Your journey and acknowledging of grief, tears, survival and peace have given me comfort and company at this particular stage of my own journey. In a land that often feels barren and small, you are a beautiful wildflowers that bring me a sense of home. For that I am deeply grateful and doubly blessed.

    1. Your words are a balm today, Tamara. You inspire and encourage me; you make me think (in the very best way). I’m so thankful for our connection and friendship.

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