I haven’t been around to much the past week or so. I have been preoccupied with some very wonderful company. Vi’s daughter Lynelle has spent the week with us, together with her two children Seth and Sadie. Grandchildren are such a delight, such a wonder. Seth just turned 1 and Sadie will soon be 4. A young niece and nephew have been over to play a couple of times and the house is usually a noisy bedlam. The family room in the basement is littered with a mountain of toys, puzzle pieces, games and everything you can imagine. In fact all such stuff is scattered all over the house. Such “clutter” is something we are just not used to, but I really don’t care. Kids are kids, let them have their fun while they are here. There is nothing that can’t be picked up or straightened up later. I hope they have nice memories of the visit and always look forward to coming back. I never want to be seen as a scary stern grandpa.
In my last post I wrote of live being a journey. We travel along the highway of life without the benefit of any sort of road map. Each and every day we face the journey anew often heading into or facing new and unexplored territory and adventures. Faith will not necessarily help you avoid bumps in the road but will help you through them. We may on occasion hit a bump in the road, or even a construction site on the road, where we may seem to get mired down in the mud. I have come to realize these “construction sites” on the road of life are not really in the road of life at all. Instead, are sites for me, to help construct the inner me. Spots where I can grow as a person. How often have I found myself in such a situation and blamed the highway, never stopping to think of how to get myself past the situation or how to learn from it. Easier to just blame the highway for my problems to just blame life for my problems, its not my fault this or that happened. So very often that is true, life does bring us unexpected or unwanted turns in the road. What is even more important than what life brings us, is how we learn to deal with it. Each bump in the road or detour thrown at us, helps to mold and create us into the people we are. We can grow, flourish and shine brighter than ever before. Or, we can get mired down and seemingly stuck on the road of life.
What is important for me to always remember, we are on a journey and as such are always moving. Just sometimes we move at faster pace than at others. I know there have been times when I have allowed myself to get mired down and seemingly stuck. Times when I looked ahead and could see no improvement in the road, my life just seemingly have no improvement is sight. I so easily blamed the road and felt it needed work, on reflection I can now see that it was the inner me that needed to work and life was giving me a slow down period in which to do it. That is also when in fact I allowed myself to forget the mere fact life is not stagnant but continually moving forward. I was not stuck just moving forward at a slower pace. There is always the next bend in the road and how am I to know what wonders await me.
Vi’s brother, Henri occasionally leaves a comment and each and everyone of them has contained such great thought and wisdom. I thank you Henri. Through his words as he explains so beautifully, we are never really stuck.
I want to ensure all see it, so I am copying it here:
Have you ever watched a tree grow?
Have you ever watched a flower open?
Such processes take place slowly and subtly. Only through watching a film, sped up, do we get to see how they really occur.
This is why, sometimes, we can feel as if there really is no movement in our life. Nothing is changing or moving on, then suddenly, one day, we realize that things are very different and they will never be the same again.
Have a great Sunday.