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It’s the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
~Laura Ingalls Wilder
Why do we make life so complicated? It’s so easy to get caught up in our culture’s idea of what it tells us we need in order to have a happy life. We fix ourselves on the idea of what our perfect life looks like…and, inevitably we’re disappointed when life doesn’t meet those expectations.
Because life is messy.
When disappointments crush my Pollyanna view of how my life is suppose to be, all I need to do is look at this face. And my priorities and perspective are instantly put back where they belong. For it’s in life’s simple pleasures where we find the most happiness.
And I hope my grandbabykins can learn that lesson as well. I hope and pray they grow up realizing that even when dreams are dashed (by their own choice or someone else’s), that they don’t need to be defined by their disappointments; that life holds so many possibilities if they will simply embrace the change and look positively towards the future…even if it’s not the one they may have planned. I hope they learn how to let go of bitterness and resentment that will consume them and suck the joy out of the good things in their lives.
They say children can be resilient and learn how to roll with the punches. That they eventually adapt to their circumstances…mainly because they are not in control of their destiny…but maybe it’s because they tend to look at life more simply and know how to trust they will be cared for regardless of the direction of their life.
Maybe we all should try that approach.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. ~Proverbs 3:5
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~Jeremiah 29:11
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. ~Isaiah 40:31
Happy Easter and may we all embrace the rebirth and new life that comes with becoming a transformed person. A person that realizes it’s the simple things of life and love that give the most sweetness to our lives.