Yesterday I was doing some research on a cool sculpture I read about in a novel and somehow ended up going from sculptures to wooden plaques? Suddenly there it was: “She designed the life she loved.”
I call these unexplained internet mystery links “Blink links” because it seems that I blink and suddenly find myself in a new genre discovering something more fulfilling than my original intent.
Immediately I felt the epiphany as I re-read the engraved wooden quote…”She designed the life she loved.” “That’s me, I realized, in a nutshell!”
For the past twelve years I have consciously, and unconsciously, been re-designing the life I want to live for the remainder of my life to be… I have paved new paths off old roads while discovering new adventures.
I have never taken the time to actually sit down and make a “Bucket’s List.” And if I ever do….I won’t call it a Bucket’s List…I don’t really like that term. My life list will be called “Desiderata” from the beautiful poem by Max Ehrmann.
The last three stanzas are my favorite and verbalizes the way I see my life unfolding.
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
This past decade plus two, however, has provided me the time to see life in a different light, grow closer to my Creator, and understand my purpose in life. Those are three powerful change-agents. These changes have morphed into home renovations, a garden peace center and a daily blog.
I can’t imagine my life without my garden today…my sanctuary. It has provided me the space that I need to converse with God, which I do casually on a daily basis, the beauty surrounding me in God’s Creation, and my blog with which to share my story…my journey to you loyal readers and supporters.
Today I have the most amazing friends one can be blessed with, a supportive, loving family, a mostly renovated home, a magical garden, and hard-earned pensions that provide adequate financial resources…enough to live on and enough to save on for surprising and spontaneous opportunities that makes me shout, “I am a child of the universe and I have a right to be here and be happy!”
So until tomorrow…Never forget to daily take time to thank your Creator for life…the most precious gift!
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
My hibiscus bush is loving this semi-tropical mixture of showers and sunlight inter-mixing on and off…the blooms are gigantic! *Still waiting on Hibiscus # 2 to bloom to discover its color.
I ordered an old tin plaque that had the name of the year the garden was created so I wouldn’t ever forget it again. It came two days ago…still trying to decide where it should go…might wait until Jeff comes Monday to nail it in…but I love the words on it…