Our parents have a beautiful backyard with a pool. Our whole family has spent many a weekend swimming, napping, eating dinner, and conversing by the pool. Yesterday, dad had some cement work done to fix an area that had started to crack on the outer rim of the deck. So it was probably a good thing that the little grandkids weren’t there to step in the fresh cement. Well, who would have thought his oldest daughter would be the troublemaker. Mom and I were out admiring the new cement and visiting when I stepped back and put a nice size ten image of a cheap flip flop in the freshly poured cement. Mom thought it was hysterical…(flash back to when I was a teenager and had to go tell my dad I dinged the car, the boat, the car again. You get the picture). Even having to go in and tell dad what I did brought that feeling of dread I had as a teenager. So in the house I went, mom in tow, cackling like a hen to tell dad my mishap. I no sooner said, “dad, you won’t believe…” and he says, “you stepped in the cement”. The years haven’t changed that look of good lord, what have you done now, or the effect it had on me then and still does now. So out we go to survey the damage. Dad takes a broom and tries to even out the cement, mom still laughing. All in all, it doesn’t look that bad, but maybe there is a silver lining to it all. It will always be a memory I will have about that day with my parent’s and the laugh we had over the fiasco and that lost memory about what it meant to be a teenager again.
Life is busy. Life is demanding. Life itself can suck the life right out of you. Life is a journey. Life is exciting. Life is unsettling. Life is:
In the day-to-day journey of living our life, it is not uncommon for us to believe all of the above is true, at any given moment. We have demanding jobs, family’s, schedules, friends, many distractions and also the inner voice that perpetuates those demands with thoughts of insecurity, should-of, would-of, could-of’s and more. And don’t forget trying to be what everyone and everything around us tells us we should be. No wonder we are not living the life we deep down inside of us want to live. The life we fantasize about in our dreams, our subconscious and always feel is unattainable. We create bucket lists full of dreams that we tell ourselves can never happen. What’s up with that? It’s time to have a come to Jesus with ourselves and rediscover who we are and all of the blessings we have, and are, to those around us. It’s time to find our mojo, our passion, and what we find our joy in. We need to take a chance, start something that creatively speaks to us, or inspires us or just makes us smile. Whatever it is, it doesn’t have to be a huge step, many small steps can still reach a mile. You might fail, but I guarantee you will learn something new about yourself and find the faith to make a different turn until you reach your personal destination. No matter how busy we are, if we don’t stop and take the time to love the life we live, our journey will be clouded with frustration, self doubt, and we don’t have time for that! We got places to go, people to see, and a bucket that is running over with dreams…What’s in your bucket?