Monday, August 24

From the Heart


I've been gone for awhile. Summer didn't lend me much break or vacation, life pushing from behind the way it does. So I appointed myself time to sit by the wayside, watch from the wings as it was, for a couple of weeks. And while I discovered with surety that each day seems to be passing more quickly than the last the greatest blessing I unearthed was knowledge that what I'm learning during my life seems to be keeping pace. Most of the time. Here are a couple of lessons gleaned:

What people say about you says more about them than it does you. Over and again I've heard author Wayne Dyer recite these words but there's nothing like seeing it play out, the discovery that doing the right thing consistently, amid opposition, can be challenging, yet ultimately has its rewards. How then does the same logic play out in reverse? If what you say about others constructs your reality? Who you are? Indeed if you look for the bad you will find it, and if you look for the good you will find that as well. Dwelling on the shortcomings of others is a fast track to misery.

Critics abound. I've always believed that things happen for a reason, but seeing that reason--the silver lining within the cloud--doesn't always come easy. When that cause manifests itself, when you see the path chosen, the one less taken that must be traveled with more care, and find something greater going on it gives pause. The people who work hard to keep others down are themselves fighting a lonely battle. But you can learn from them. Learn what you don't want to become.

Your children will teach you more than you ever teach them. Nothing new here. This is a lesson I learn over and over with frequency. It comes wrapped in packages of varying sizes--the wisdom of my eleven year old when she's perceives the needs of another, an epiphany from my oldest who for her heartaches is kind and giving beyond the measure most ever achieve in life--and sometimes it comes at the least opportune of times, but should always be embraced.

Each day can be wonderful because it's designed to be that way. Woven into the fabric of each second is at least one small miracle in your immediate vicinity. More--many more--if you choose to look outside yourself and your circumstances. Enjoy the small stuff because angels wait on every corner and God doesn't own a megaphone, at least if he does he doesn't use it often. The best things come whispered on a gentle breeze.

With that said I'll add that these past few weeks of introspection have been far from idle. Productive to almost exhaustion I've learned I can write through crisis. Around or over it if necessary. And as I continue to savor the last bits of summer the emotional metamorphosis I've experienced of late is helping me to develop wings that can help me fly where new opportunity abounds.

Today, though, I'm going to enjoy my artistic daughter, her pencil and watercolor rendition of a 1939 Chevy packed full of peaches, and her excitement as she exhibits her work at the fair.

3 comments:

Theta Mom said...

How very true, "Your children will teach you more than you ever teach them." Enough said!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Your comments are very thoughtful and poetic. Loved this post.

Lori Nawyn said...

My kids are are the best--I love everything about them and how they've all enriched my life. Thanks for stopping by Theta Mom.

Kathi: Sincere thanks for your comment. So glad you enjoyed the post.

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