Monday, November 8, 2010

Snails see the benefits, the beauty in every inch.

As the holiday season gets under way (Thanksgiving is only two-and-a-half weeks away! What?!), I have begun to think more and more about what I really should be thankful for. I let myself get so stressed about school work, house work, Christmas shopping, taking care of the dogs, that I don't take care of myself and I know I really need to step back and think - things are not so bad. Ironic, isn't it, as this was the topic of my last post! I need to listen to what I preach. I got this e-mail from my mom this morning. Usually her e-mails are funny things being passed along (does everyone remember this - I still die laughing every time I watch it)

Today's was pretty thought-provoking, though, so I thought I'd share.

Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America - If you remember, she's the wife of Todd Beamer who said 'Let's Roll!' and helped take down the plane over Pennnsylvania that was heading for Washington DC back on 9/11. 
She said it's the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came home, and her children running to meet him. She's now the Mom of a beautiful little girl, Mary.
Lisa recalled this story:
"I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack.  About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students.  As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there.
With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, ' Class is over, I would like to share with all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important.  Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves.  None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end.  It can be taken away at any moment. 
Perhaps this is the powers way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day.  Her eyes, beginning to water, she went on, 'So I would like you all to make me a promise.  From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.  
It doesn't have to be something you see, it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone's house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground.  Please look for these things, and cherish them.  For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the "stuff" of life.  The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy.  The things we often take for granted."
The class was completely quiet.  We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently.  That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester.  Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.
Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today.  Go barefoot.  Or walk on the beach at sunset.  Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice cream cone.  For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn't do.

So maybe this is something I need to start doing. And I challenge you all to do it, too. With Thanksgiving so close, now is really the time to be thinking about the gifts of God and being thankful for the good things we have rather than the stressors we face. It's time to slow down and appreciate life! Got dishes to do, laundry to fold, floors to vaccuum, pets to walk? I should just be thankful I have the opportunity to have a home with my best friend, and that we have the resources to adopt our two "children," and that I am in grad school rather than searching for a job right now!

And maybe I'll start following Jessica's morning routine... I'll let you know how it goes!

1 comment:

  1. I think Jessica should be your inspiration! She likes her whole house, even with that hideous pink and burgundy tile in her bathroom! And you have an ugly bathroom too! And maybe a few other ugly things...haha!

    And I love the Format reference!

    And I am going to steal this for my blog and be thankful for things. I read Michelle's blog today and I want to do something similar!