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Thankful Thursday: Mid-summer Boredom

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“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”

~ Mary Jean Iron

We’ve reached that point at our house during the summer when boredom sets in. Not the rainy day “let’s do something crafty with toilet-paper rolls and duct tape” kind of boredom. It’s the real thing. The constant stream of activity from my revolving front door has slowed to a slow dull whimper. It’s too hot to go outside. My couch, once an indoor trampoline, an island base on a lava-filled floor or a secret fort covered with blankets, now just sags in a mid-summer slump. It too is bored and hot.

I remind myself that even these normal everyday moments, the ones where the kids are bored to tears and fighting with each other over who ate the last Pringle, I will miss. I will miss this. I will miss the whining and complaining. Yes, I will miss it said the crazy lady. Because when they complain to me, that means they think I have a solution to their problem. Someday, they won’t need me to solve their problems. When they whine, they know I can comfort them and help them. Someday they won’t need my help. Today they do. And I’m helping them by letting them be bored. And allowing them to complain about it.

In a world of over scheduled success-oriented children’s activities, the unstructured nature of being bored is the ultimate childhood luxury. Saving my children from summer boredom would rob them of the opportunity to think creatively to solve their own problems, find new interests they never would have pursued otherwise, and to get lost in their own thoughts and dreams. Learning that you have the power to make interesting things happen in your own life, and that boredom is a choice, is a life lesson worth every whining moment.

Thank You Moment

Today, I’m grateful for the unstructured moments of a boring summer day and all the lessons it brings.

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Restoring My Perspective

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I’m a fan of time lapse videos and Dustin Farrell is one of my favorites.  In his video below, entitled Landscapes – Volume Two, you’ll see incredible pictures of some of the most beautiful places in the world in time lapse format – with clouds swirling and stars streaming by. None of this is animated. It’s all just God’s creation in motion. You cannot watch this and not be in complete awe of all that God has created and the sheer magnitude of His goodness.  I love watching videos like this to get a fresh perspective of our world and a renewed sense of respect and gratitude for this gift of life we have been given.

“…and all of creation sing with me now, lift up your voice and lay your burden down, and all of creation sing with me now, fill up the heavens let His glory resound..”

~ Mercy Me, All Of Creation

Tip: Maximize the screen to get the full effect of the video.  Also, I like to listen to the Mercy Me song, All of Creation, off of their The Generous Mr. Lovewell album while this is playing. 

 

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Photo with Quote: Life’s Mission

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“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.”  ~ Richard Bach

“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.” ~ Richard Bach

 

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15 Quotes to Celebrate Life

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In the midst of tragic events  and difficult life circumstances, I find I need to focus on celebrating life, in all its blessings and goodness. These types of events, for me, are a reminder that life is precious and fleeting; to be enjoyed and lived fully; to be appreciated and valued.

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”  Quote by Richard Bach

15 Quotes to Celebrate Life

Here are a few quotes about Life to inspire and encourage you.

  1. “I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.”  ~ Jessica Redfield (Gwahi), a victim of the Aurora shootings on her last blog post before the incident describing a close call she had with death weeks before Aurora.
  2. “Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.” ~ Joanne Harris
  3. “The difficulties of life are intended to make us better–not bitter.” ~ John C. Maxwell
  4. “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” ~ Author Unknown
  5. “I used to think getting old was about vanity but actually it’s about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.” ~ J.C. Oates
  6. “I am a full woman at 50-full of knowledge, full of love, full of compassion.” ~ Patti Labell
  7. “Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?” ~ Hunter Thompson
  8. “Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.”  ~ Richard Bach
  9. “There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.” ~ Alexander Woollcott
  10. “To be grateful is to find blessings in everything”. ~ Allen Cohen
  11. “An attitude of gratitude creates blessings.” ~ Sir John Templeton
  12. “Never blame any day in your life. Good days give you happiness. Bad days give you experience.”  ~ Author Unknown
  13. “The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” ~ Richard Bach
  14. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude”. ~ Denis Waitley
  15. “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.  Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.  Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.  Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.” ~ Mary Jean Iron