Sometimes, you need to live a quote – and by living the quote, you can smell the basil, the rosemary, lavender and thyme from the garden on your fingertips
and you can savor a half-dozen pairs of hands reaching for out-of-the-oven warm chocolate-chip muffins
or a smile thrown my way by one of my growing-up boys
or sitting, just sitting, with my aunt on a rainy day
or an early morning call with my mom
or brown smudge on my retriever’s nose from digging mole holes
or an encouraging note from a friend
and feeling the love from those God gave you – over a bowl of curry chicken, or a cup of honey-infused lemon sorbetti tea
the first-person story of a son pushing himself over a challenge to be who he thought he was
a to-do-nothing time with my husband – no outside challenges invited or allowed to crash in
and the first, second and third person story of my boys helping my husband build a dream
Yes, sometimes, you have to live a quote, in order to see yourself as God sees you, to be who God designed you to be – and know it. Sometimes you have to live a quote to let go of things we were not designed to carry.
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered,
forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies,
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you,
be honest and frank anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous,
be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow,
do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough,
give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God,
It was never between you and them anyway” (Mother Teresa)
Sometimes you have to teach yourself to recognize that what you do, how you live, the decisions you make, what’s really in your heart – how your children, your parents, your neighbors and everyone you walk by in the daily – their interpretation doesn’t matter a hill of beans – it’s only what’s between you and God in the living of it that matters.