You know the saying, "One day at a time?" Well, that's how everyone should live their lives.
Of course, that's just my opinion.
But, after having lived the life I've lived, known the people I've known, and been on this journey for as long as I have, I've sure been taught some important lessons.
Life is short - and there isn't anything anyone can do but live it one day at a time, making the BEST of it they can. I try to live for today. I decide what I want to do today, how I want to spend the time I have to spend, today. Today is all we can count on and even that can end in an instant.
My husband has lost some people in his life. He recently lost a cousin that was only a year or two younger than he. We haven't seen this cousin in forever - more than 30 years I think. When we got word he was sick, we were very sad. Less than two weeks later, he was gone. Gone from this life.
My husband's Aunt has suffered a loss also - her only remaining living sister passed away.
Last, but not least, I lost a very important Aunt during the winter. I can say that I did get to see her one last time a couple of summers ago, and that was a very important visit for me. I was told, it was important to her also. I cannot say how comforting it was knowing that I had been able to visit her then. Because, we never know.............
I suffered a major heart attack four years ago. I'm still dealing with the fact that I died, and was brought back. It's easy to wonder why.
Someone on another blog that I follow, is going thru some really difficult issues with her health. And just found out that her mom is also having some serious issues. And they don't live near each other. It's so difficult, and sad. A friend of hers gave her this from St. Theresa of Lisieux, and I'm borrowing it because right now, I need it.
"May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."
Oh, how true. I have printed this out, with this photo above it because I love butterflies, I love lilacs, and this is one of the best photographs I've ever taken.
I will be buying a frame for this prayer, and I will hang it in my bedroom, where every morning when I get up, I will read it before leaving the bed. I think it's one of the best things I've ever read, and is so meaningful to me.
is one I took this morning. The morning is perfect - it's cool, not humid and the sun is shining. I walked out onto my front porch, and the horses are grazing peacefully together. They were so in tandem, and with the sun and shadows, I couldn't resist taking some photos. My horses are beautiful creatures. People ask me why I don't get rid of them. Well, here you go. How can I just give up something so beautiful? No, we don't ride them. Yes, they cost money and keep us here on the farm instead of going away on vacations. But when that darker horse runs up as soon as we go outside, and wants to get his nose scratched and wants to love on you, there is not anything in the world that I could change about loving these horses. Even the lighter one, who is not a happy little horse, always has her ears pinned when a human is in sight, and snarls and bites at the air and squeals if you touch her, is still a beautiful animal. Besides, she was my first ever horse, and taught me how to ride, and never once threw me or ran away with me. I can't say that about any of the other horses I had!
Sometimes I gripe about being on the farm, or not being able to get away because of the animals. But seriously, my life is so good. I have nothing to complain about.
So today, after honey gets thru with mowing, and doing outside stuff, we are going to town. Library, to drop off books and hopefully get a couple of more (I've been a reading fool lately), CVS for drugs, the yarn store (maybe), and maybe a ride into the city to do a little looking around. Gotta get a frame for the prayer I printed out. And some yarns. Yes, I have yarns upstairs. But I'm looking for special yarns - yarns for a special project or two. :-)
Off I go to get ready.
I hope everyone enjoys TODAY, and lives it to the fullest.