The other night I had a house full … friends, family, and neighbors. My house was alive with noise, activity, and energy. Standing in my kitchen, I was struck by how beautiful this mundane, normal, everyday life, moment really was.
I am an adventurer, a thrill seeker, a lover of all things new and exciting. I have a hard time sitting still, I struggle to remain in the present moment, and I frequently forget to breathe. I don’t always appreciate the mundane, I get bored, I want more …
Standing there in my kitchen though, I started to realize that all my striving, all my running around, and my insistence on never sitting still for too long, keeps me from truly appreciating my life.
Our stories are built piece by piece with the occasional big bang moments to liven things up. However, we can’t live in the big bang moments, we can’t sustain here. The worthwhile, the in depth, and often times the most meaningful moments are found in the everyday of our lives, in the mundane.
“But if every moment is magical then nothing can delight. We must learn to find our joy in the mess and never, ever give up meeting together. When we can find beauty in the margins, then, all of a sudden, life feels full and worth showing up for every day.” – Glennon Melton Doyle
When I am constantly living in the “what if,” I am failing to be a part of the present. When I am not a part of the present, I am unable to appreciate, soak in, and enjoy the life that I am living. I don’t want to look back and realize I failed to appreciate all the beauty that was right there in front of me.
The everyday moments can be hard, boring, trying, and down right exasperating at times; but, they are the pieces of my story, the story of my life and the memories I share with the ones that I love. The big bang moments are fun but fleeting, the everyday moments take work, determination, and loving till it hurts. The everyday moments may break my heart at times, but they will fill it too.
Live in the moment, be in the moment, cherish the moment …