Tuesday, June 09, 2009

In the moment.




I am big believer in living and loving the right here; right now. I happened upon the quote posted above by Ayn Rand through this blog. It's a quote so poignant and inspiring. Too many people waste their days longing and wishing for something they can't have- something from their past, or thinking something is out-of-reach in their future. The desperation they feel starts out maybe as a small twinge in their heart/soul, but as time goes on they give into that belief system and soon they have a roaring fire ranging in them that literally controls their life.
It's sad, but happens all too often, leaving in it's wake broken relationships, bitter hearts, self-pity, gloom and dismay. Do you know anyone like this in your life? It can happen suddenly too. I sat in a dark valley myself realizing at one point that there is always a choice to divert from life's dark path and choose a new Way. Fortunately in my situation I had many friends and family and a God who loved me and gave me a feeling of Hope that choosing a better way out of sorrow would make life worth living- even after Teagan's death. In the depths of despair, I felt the need to move beyond that and wanted something More in life. I wanted beauty and Joy too.
I thank God for giving me many blessings- even on the twisted, winding path I've been walking for years. It's been wrought with pain and sorrow and confusion and questions, but I've learned that not wallowing in it or closing out the world and hiding in the pain has opened up new and amazing moments. Moments I would have otherwise missed. This is what I hope to inspire out of the pain of my life. That no matter what comes- and pain and heartache DOES come, there is always a chance to find beauty and Hope.
One of my friends has a beautiful story of hope in her own life. She has learned some of the same lessons in life that I have- that you can choose beauty and Joy and hope is never out of reach. Andrea is giving away a class on her blog if you stop by and leave her a comment. You will love some of the creations she makes and she has some really wonderful techniques to inspire you too. Stop by and tell her Nitty.Gritty. sent you. =) She'll get a kick out of that.
I challenge you to embrace your moments today. Big or little; exciting or mundane; challenging or comfortable. Imagine there is no tomorrow, how can that thought impact the way you live today? Choose contentment; let go of an expectation; forgive a wrongdoing; see something in a new way; live in this moment and find it can make all the difference in the world.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your post today is so good as they all are!!The Bible says we are to be content in what ever state we are in and I have had to learn that over the last 5 or so years. Going from a very comforable life to one where we barely make ends meet has taught me to totally rely on HIM. Thanks you so much for your wonderful blogs!!!

khaki said...

oh how desperately i needed to be reminded of this truth, and His truth, today..thank you & blessings

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jody for your post. There are just some days that I happen by your blog (I found you through Bring the Rain) and what you write totally speaks to me. Today is one of those days...how right you are! I appreciate you giving me something to think about and know it's something I truly need to work on.

Lauren Kelly said...

Love ya, girl, and just wanted you to know that today!!!!! :O)

Beckypdj said...

Great post! We all need to live in the here and now. Manna was supplied fresh EVERY DAY for the children of Israel in the wilderness.

Anne Blong said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! I really needed to hear that right here, right now!

Bree said...

great post.. was thinking about you today, and thought I d stop by ... glad I did!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post! You are truely remarkable! Thank you for sharing.

:)Patricia

sherry said...

As always you inspire and motivate me! I think I live in the present as well...but every day some of that can slip away if I am not careful and other things slip in, trying to steal the joy to the here and now! The enemy is on the prowl...we must remember that he does NOT want us to feel good about our lives!!!! I love you Jody, even tho I have never met you, you are one in a million, an inspiration to so many...a JOY and a LIGHT!!! I pray God's greatest blessings on you dear sister in Christ!!!!

Vera said...

Wonderful post, thank you! I do know exactly what you're talking about... last year I tried unsuccessfully to have another baby and had two miscarriages - 2008 became The Year We Didn't Have A Baby, and I'm SO sad that I missed out on so much joy with the wonderful kids I do have and all of the other blessings in my life. I vowed never again to lose sight of the joys and blessings bestowed upon me RIGHT NOW.

Mandi said...

Oh man! You're such a wonderful and cute mommy!