“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.” [author unknown, though often falsely attributed to Einstein]
It’s the weekend! Anybody else feeling like this? I didn’t start out this way this morning, but I’m getting there…
Sometimes I worry I'm guilty of painting too pretty of a picture of our lives online, so to help balance that image, I thought I'd share that this morning I cleaned up after one kid who had an accident in her bed and scrubbed the kitchen after an overnight ant invasion. All before 6:15 and before I’d had my coffee. Needless to say, I went back to bed.
And yet all that can’t change the fact that it’s the weekend, the sun is shining and life is beautiful—not in spite of the messes, but because of them. After all, without them how could we really appreciate how good we have it?
Last night my husband and I went out to dinner in La Jolla, a beach community here in San Diego. We live in one of the most scenic places on earth and yet it’s so easy for us to take it for granted. It’s been two years since our “honeymoon” trip to Italy and I’ve been pining for those gorgeous landscapes and long days spent walking narrow streets, eating gelato and basically being amazed by everything. . And yet I keep missing the ones right under my nose—the ones I don’t have to travel hours by plane to see (although driving in rush hour probably wasn’t our smartest move). Taking a “staycation” has become popular in recent years, but I’ve decided I need to work on practicing my “vacation” mindset in my everyday life—slowing down, living simply, and noticing all the beauty around me. Sure, there will always be messes to clean up, but just being alive is pretty much a miracle, so I might as well live as though everything else is, too.