Here are some images from my life:
I just pulled these off my phone. Just a photo here and there to document my days. This is a good representation of what my life is like.
Sometimes I get into that “I should be doing something MORE” place. I don’t like that place- It makes me feel bad. It makes me feel like my life right now isn’t good enough. But if I take a step back and do a clear assessment, nothing could be further from the truth. I have a beautiful, full life and the great majority of the time, I am filled up with the joy of it.
Last night my husband came home and shared following story he read on alanshelton.com:
An executive from America was standing at the pier of a Mexican village, taking a much needed vacation. It was his first in more than 10 years. He noticed a small boat with just one fisherman had docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The executive complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”
The executive then asked, “why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”
The Mexican replied, “I have enough to support my family for a little while.”
The executive then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”
The executive scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”
To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”
“But what then?”
The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”
“Millions.. Then what?”
The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
I laughed when he told me the story and showed him the picture I took of Drewzie and the rabbit earlier in the day.
I am living that simple, beautiful life. I know that someday that “something more” will come and I am excited for that time, but I demand that it come on my terms and not disrupt my lovely flow. When the time is right, I will move into the next big thing.
So, for right now, I’m just going to bask in the glory of what is right in front of me and delight in every second.
Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.
~ Frederick Buechner