It’s Fall… 2014…I could say “how did that happen?” but as the days jettison into weeks and months we all know the answer. It just does. Cliches are true ~ time flies. Yes, it does. But there is magic in memories, both past and present. Another cliche…life is a roller coaster. Yes, it is. The seemingly endless climbs, the sense of exhilaration as you sit poised at the top, knowing in the blink of an eye the bottom will drop out of your stomach as you race on your way to yet another climb. Some days the ride is better than others. That’s for sure. But every day you wake up is the present. A present…a gift to be savored or squandered. Our choice.
During my lifetime, I’ve spent far too much time worrying about things that never happened. And then been smacked in the face with things I never considered. So, today the moral of my story is “what me, worry?” Worrying has done me no good whatsoever. I choose to savor the sweet as it happens. I’ve been blessed with many great experiences and great people in my life along my journey.
I’ve lived in amazingly wonderful places. A childhood spent among idyllic beauty.
I’ve experienced salt water in abundance, deeply breathing negative ions before I ever knew how much I needed them.
After many years in Los Angeles, in 2006 my husband and I moved to Seattle. We’d never been to Seattle. Seattle is beautiful.
Seattle is green. I planted a backyard garden.
It rains a lot in Seattle but it doesn’t snow in Seattle. Until the winter we arrived.
There are wind storms in Seattle and trees fall on your house. Twice. And the electricity goes out for six days. In December. On the sixth day I cried when I saw the light was on in the dryer. Jay said he’d never seen me so excited about an appliance. But then Spring comes along and those bulbs I planted in the fall actually bloom. There is stunning sunshine.
And the Blue Angels flew over our house. We visited Victoria.
We spent countless hours at the Public Market. Although I must be honest, I still don’t get the fish throwers. But I will say fresh sockeye salmon was like no other. And then…things changed. More about that another time. But there were worries…some sleepless nights…and then another new chapter. The time I spent worrying was wasted. It accomplished absolutely nothing. Did I then learn the lesson of living in the present? Of course not! I am nothing if not a work in progress. The only ~ and I mean only ~ thing I would change about this chapter is to take back the time I spent worrying. It was a great adventure! Seeing and doing things I’d never imagine I’d experience. It was wonderful!!
But this is today…a ride in the car with dogs who won’t let us leave without them. A walk along the Pacific
Oh, and something we never did in Seattle. A visit to Costco. Lunch for two ~ $3.24 …. don’t judge! Perhaps not the most memorable day ever. But pretty darn wonderful!
Enjoy the day! Remember, it’s a gift!