Life is a medley of different things all going on at the same time. Fear and joy and grief and happiness. All mixed in a pot that makes up your day.
Yesterday I found out that my third grandchild is a boy. My younger daughter, who has been married for 11 years, is having her first child. After many years of thinking she just wanted to be a career woman, she and her husband changed their minds. He is due in March.
So there is joy and so much to look forward to.
While one child is on top of the world, one struggles. In the continuum of life, there seem to always be opposite forces at work.
A few weeks ago, I learned I was the top Pinterest pinner in Oklahoma. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. How have I managed to spend so much time on Pinterest?
Best Pinterest BoardsCozy Kitchens (7000 followers) – Brenda Kula’s cozylittlehouse.com spills out all over Pinterest, and people love it. Think your favorite auntie’s take on Southern Living.
Okay, so now I'm your favorite auntie's take on Southern Living... Okay. I chuckled when I read that.
Anyway, every single day, life hands us apples and it hands us lemons. Sometimes it's far beyond that, and it hands us joy and it hands us grief.
In one area of your life, you're overjoyed with expectation. In another, grief hangs over you like a cloud. All at the same time.
I call this Life Stew. All mixed together in a big pot, being continuously stirred.
I lost my blog posts in late July, and started all over again. Yet some opportunities have come my way, regardless. So just when you think all is lost, you find out it is just the beginning of better things to come.
Stir the pot.
You never know what a day, a week, a month will bring your way. But the important thing is that you live in today. With every fiber of your being.
Let the other go. Just let it go. Regret is a word we use to relive what we cannot change. And have no power to change.
Mix your regret up into your Life Stew and it will become diluted by all the other things that are going on in your life.
Whatever you do, don't let what happened yesterday taint today. Do what you can about it, and put it to rest. Because none of us know how many todays and tomorrows we will have. So the best way we can use them is to live in the moment.
Stir your Life Stew, but immerse yourself in the muffins you have in the oven. Note how wonderful they smell. Listen to the birds outside your window. To the rain tapping on the roof. Feel life with all your senses.
And keep stirring.