“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou
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The longer I live, the more I have come to realize that not every little thing in my life deserves my attention.
What I use to fret over at 20 no longer deserves my energy and or time. The longer I live the more the world is changing. The things we use to be able to count on are no longer dependable. Material things that once held great value and desire just doesn’t matter anymore. People are valuable, family is what matters most and living a life that is full and rich with intangible things are a blessing.
I have been given the gift of traveling and living in Europe for months. During my stay I Had eye-opening experiences and moments that took my breath away. I honestly can say it changed my appreciation of life forever. I am grateful for what I have experienced in my travels and the peoples’ I encountered along the way. To say it shaped my life would be an understatement. Especially now that we are no longer during this time in our world history being allowed to travel it makes me more thankful than ever that I had the opportunity.
Italy left an lasting impression. It was amazing the way the people were laid back and enjoyed just being alive. You would often see them sitting at a bistro drinking their expresso slow holding pleasant conversation. No one is using their cell phones, reading books or being otherwise distracted from what is important, being present and fully engaged in the person they are conversing with. Life seems to be slower and each moment lived to the fullest no hurry.
We here in America had lost that. I say lost because we are now being forced to live more intentionally. Being confined to our homes to be with family is to many an unfamiliar setting. Not running around being busy is uncomfortable but we have to. We are being called to reconnect with life just for the living.
Stopping to enjoy the moment. Learning to be grateful for what you have and not worrying about what may or may not happen in the future is what I am trying to practice in my personal life. Learning to develope this attitude is necessary in this day and time. Yes I am a little apprehensive about the future of our world, what is going to happen but I am learning to slow down and enjoy today for what it is. Life is a journey not a destination.