The Secret of Life.
Do you ever think….
“What’s it all about?”
Life – that is…
Why are we here?
What is our purpose?
My BFF, Jill, and I have asked each other this so many times throughout the almost 30 years of our friendship, I couldn’t even count the number.
It’s become a bit of a joke, but also a bit of a reminder too.
When we first met, we were young “stay at home moms.” And (sadly), those ones who judged working moms as lesser than we who cared for our children and homes and served on the PTA and were the best-ever “homeroom moms” who created the field day obstacle course that all other homeroom moms envied.
We now mock, but also guiltily regret, our young naive selves, as we have become those crazy workaholic successful business women we once despised. And we both have the absolutely most amazing daughters (mine is a daughter-in-law, but I love her like a daughter) who are beautiful, successful working women and amazing, loving mothers.
And you know what? No judging… No mocking…
Life is too short for all of that!
We all do what is right for each of us.
And our children.
And our families.
And what have I learned along the way?
The secret of life is finding the JOY in the ordinary!
There are so many moments in the ordinary days of living that bring us joy…
that bring us contentment…
that make the ordinary – well – EXTRAordinary.
Hubby and I have been married for 35 years! And you know what? I am proud of that!
I was 19 years old and he was 23 when we married. I had no idea what life was all about.
But that same cute Hubby was on a business trip this past week and away for three nights.
He rarely travels.
In fact, I have been the one to travel many, many more times for work than him as the years have passed.
And though I was not “afraid of the dark” and the “bogey man” like I was when I was young and he went away (and that same wonderful best friend and her hubby and family actually stayed at my house with me when same hubby went away), it just wasn’t “right” without him here.
Sometimes an evening goes by with barely 50 words spoken between us. But we are together. He is here, and I am here, and we are together.
And sometimes that is enough.
I now wonder why we all cannot see, and wish I could share with so many who strive for and desire so much more and cannot find it, that it is okay. In fact… it is more than okay. It is the secret of life….
The secret of a joy-filled life….
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the “ordinary.” The ordinary is a blessing.
The secret of life?
Finding joy in the ordinary!
Cheers & Hugs,
PS My same sweet, wonderful daughter-in-law painted the gorgeous sign pictured here that is available in our McKinneyX2Designs Etsy Shop. She gets it! And I am so proud of her I could burst!
And when Hubby came home from his business trip Friday afternoon, what did he find?
… a perfectly content wife/mom/grandma/business woman (with a nasty Spring head cold and not looking her best – to say the least) sound asleep with the most beautiful granddaughter on her chest and a half-read book. That is joy. That is ordinary. That is joy in the ordinary.