The thing is, that when I do that, I sometimes fail to live in the present. To take time to listen and really be with the people that I'm with each day. To see the gifts all around me. To take joy in today.
I love being with my family. When someone is missing, I really feel it. Instead of being sad though for the one(s) who are missing, I need to make a choice to enjoy the ones that are here. We spent a week at the beach in June with my family. Its been our tradition for some years to have a week together in the summer. This year though, for the first time, we weren't all together. Can you spot who is missing on the sofa? Christopher. Also my Dad was not there and my mom and sister each were there for half of the week.
So what are some of the lessons that I'm learning.
Be still. Relax. Take time to listen and leave margin in your days. An uncrowded day leaves room to do those things that crop up that may be on God's agenda and not mine.
Work together. The load really is lighter when shared.
And this tiny starfish. Also alive!
Isaiah also found an amazing jellyfish that I didn't get a picture of, but it looked like this. (I didn't have my camera.) The lifeguard told Isaiah that it was a dangerous kind. It was not one we had seen before. I looked it up when we went inside.
Portuguese Man of War
Help someone who needs a friend.
At the end of the day, having regrets does me no good. It just serves to pull me down and make me doubt. Its not that I don't have any regrets. I do. Don't we all?
Live in the moment. Enjoy all that today has to offer. I'm not saying not to look forward to things, but just that the anticipation of the future should not make you miss the joys that the present day holds.
I'm thankful for so many things. I am working on learning to give thanks. Give thanks during trials. Give thanks for all that has been given to me. Give thanks. God is good and worthy of my praise.
With a grateful heart,