Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Stretching Out: My Soul

 "You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles"

Stretching out your soul? Really, Jen?

Sounds super pretentious, right? I know!

Whatevs. I'm over it. Moving on.

 I read this on FIMBY yesterday and it resonated with me:

"I love making plans and looking with anticipation to the future but this present moment, right here, is where I need to live with contentment. Not in the "if and when" future. I've got a lot to learn in how to live this way.

To have a foot in the future, always moving forward (because we have some awesome plans), but to be content with the present.

And I need to remind myself, daily it seems, that today I'm living yesterday's plans and dreams."

I think it's a great reminder that if we're always trying to "get there," it's easy to forget where we are. I am as guilty of this as anyone. I'm always thinking, Once X and Y are done, Z is going to be so awesome! 

Come on—smell me. You know you want to, baby. (source)
I love using this blog to chronicle A-W, and hopefully I'll remember to stop and enjoy some of those yellow brick letters, because I don't think the Emerald City ever really appears. Once we move into the new house, I'll want to start thinking about landscaping. Then I'll think, Once the yard is done, we can finish the basement! And during the basement work, my mind will turn to...who knows. But it's unlikely that it will be focused on the beauty of the process in front of me. And that's a shame.

I need to meditate on this idea a bit. It just struck me so suddenly and with such ferocity that I had to share it.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you shared this thought, it's something I need to be reminded of! I am constantly thinking of what we need to work on next in our house (which is our dream-for-now-house). I have such a long list that I know by the time it's all done, 10 years will have passed and it will be time to move into a bigger place. Or maybe not. But either way, I need to remember to enjoy NOW and not worry that our walls may never be colors that look good in our space.