Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Journey to 40....What Makes Me Happy?

It should be such an easy question, but in reality it isn’t.  One of my dearest friends made the comment to me this week, “only you can decide your contentment/happiness”.  What powerful words with so much meaning behind them.  I said in my last post that I am a people pleaser.  And I am….so what that often means is I’m more worried about others than I am myself.  I’ve known this about myself for a long time.  But it seems recently, it has been a little harder for me to accept.

So today’s post is about what makes me happy….it is sort of a random list, but I thought it was a start.

Adam and Andrew’s laughter, hugs and kisses
Spending time with my husband, Ken, where we really have time to talk without all of life’s interruptions
Our chosen family, the Roberts and the Kunkels
A really good service at Due West UMC where you can feel the spirit moving
Really good music – live and in person
Singing some of my favorite songs at the top of my lungs while driving alone
Reconnecting with two of my best friends from high school….even years can’t impact some of those friendships
Swinging in the hammock in the backyard
Random texts from friends – just because
That my parents are a big part of my children’s lives
Helping students gain a college education
Time at the Beach
A really good cupcake  :-)

Life is never easy….this week has shown that in so many ways.  I can’t watch the news or listen to some of my favorite songs without being in tears.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those in Oklahoma.  I can’t even imagine, but I know that God is in control even now and I pray for His hand of comfort and mercy to cover all those impacted by the storms this week.

My journey continues.  Some days are easier than others.  Some days are filled with self-discovery.  But no matter what, it is a journey to discovering me.

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