Magic Moments

Black square with the phonetic spelling for contentment in white

I rounded the corner this morning after dropping our son at school and came face to face with a beautiful pink-infused morning sky. At that moment I was content just to be alive and breathing and around to see it.

The beginnings of a pretty sky already caught my eye as we left the house, but somewhere between the time I navigated the narrow tunnel-like drive behind the school, dropped him off, went around the block and turned east, the pinkness had taken over.

I was on the move, so taking a picture wasn’t an option. (Sorry. I wish I could share it.)

It occurred to me that most moments of pure contentment in my life have not come from enjoying an accomplishment or feeling a sense of pride or financial stability.

The moments of pure contentment came when I encountered something, someone, someplace that created a sense of awe and wonderment.

A beautiful sky.

A child blowing bubbles.

Music.

Autumn leaves.

My parents holding hands.

The Grand Canyon.

In those moments, I was content just to be alive.

No worries.

No expectations.

No strategies.

Just enjoying the moment.

The sad truth is we can allow ourselves to get buried or sidetracked by worries, expectations or strategies. When we do, we often miss those magical moments that would have provided contentment all on their own.

Of course we have to take care of things and pay attention to the details of life.

I just hope I remember to look up from day-to-day duties and take time to experience moment-to-moment magic.

Morning Fog

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View into the woods on a foggy morning. Text reads: Morning fog reminds us we can't always see the rising sun but its light still proclaims that night is over. Even foggy mornings hold the promise of a new day.

Five Minute Friday: Family

(So, I’ve been participating in a “writers’ flash mob” of sorts called Five Minute Friday. In response to a one-word prompt, hundreds of writers sit down and write for five minutes flat. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation; unscripted and unedited. Here’s today’s edition…setting the timer….)

Five Minute Friday: Family

Go.

I am blessed with a loving family.

I benefit from my family’s unconditional love.

Family is central to my love of life and my joy in life.

Yesterday was my birthday and an avalanche of well wishes and greetings flowed my way from family and friends.

It warmed my heart and made me feel loved.

I enjoyed a three-hour lunch with my parents.

My husband baked me a cake.

What an awesome blessing to feel so secure in the love of my family.

Which reminds me.

God claims us as part of his family.

He claims every person on earth as part of his family.

Which means every person on earth deserves a sense of security in the unconditional love of God’s family.

Every person on earth.

Part of God’s family.

Part of my family.

Unconditional love.

Stop. 

Birthday cake