by Madeline Laughs
A few years ago we moved across the country from a 2500 square foot living space to a beach box that’s not even half as large. Then I took a year off from work and gutted the beach box from top to bottom. The house belongs to my mother in law, so it’s not even a place we can call our own, but we had no idea how long we’d be living in it, and wanted to be comfortable.
The stress of it all finally got the best of me and one afternoon while my husband and I were making sandwiches together, I complained mightily. He listened quietly until I finished and then he asked, “Do you like your life?”
It stopped me cold.
Did I like my life?
Was I happy?
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself those questions? Have you ever sat down and given these simple questions your full attention?
After a few minutes of contemplative thought I gave him my honest answer.
“Yes, I do like my life.”
I have liked my life for a very long time.
There were days when I wished I could have someone else’s life, but for as long as I can remember, I have always liked my life. I have truly lived. I have taken the time to experience travels,sights, smells, people and sounds for decades and I have to admit, it’s been a glorious ride so far.
I have been around the world and explored foreign lands. There has been unforgettable beauty and poignant sadness, but every stamp on my passport has a permanent spot in my heart. Most of what I loved about any of my journeys were the people I was able to connect with along the way.
The thing I am most grateful for is being able to live the way I wanted to live. There hasn’t ever been a time I felt forced to do something that couldn’t ever be reversed if I wanted it to be.
There have been losses of loved ones throughout, but the good memories are what has propelled me forward. I love people. I love surrounding myself with the good ones. I love showing others my goodness and sharing whatever I have with them too. I think I have some of the greatest friends you could ever wish for.
Some of the best years have been with my husband. The two of us complement one another. I like time to reflect and have no problem spending time alone, and neither does he. We don’t cling to each other in a needy sort of way. There is no codependence. We come together as best friends and lovers in an easy and gentle way. There is passion. There is comfort and there is a lot of love between us because we understand each other.
We know each other.
How often in life does anyone find that kind of harmony with another human being?
Even when times seem to be at their worst, I know I have a good life. So the next time you start sweating the small stuff, try thinking about all of those happy times you’ve already had. I can guarantee there are many more to come.
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