F Simple and Serene Living: FINDING PERFECTION IN THE SIMPLE MOMENTS 09 10
Thursday, April 23, 2015

FINDING PERFECTION IN THE SIMPLE MOMENTS

Thank you so much for all of your prayers for my sister's husband, Don. Yesterday was a very long day at the hospital, but he came through the surgery and is doing okay today. Continued prayers would be wonderful.

While sitting through the long hours yesterday I had a lot of time to reflect on what is really important in this life that I am leading. My adult life has not been easy. A mentally ill husband who left me to raise two daughters alone, a daughter with a lifelong serious illness, losing a father to MS, loss of home and income, and my own health concerns. These are the events in life that wear us down and often bring us to our knees, that leave us wondering where the perfection lies. What has to happen to make us want to get up each day with a sense of optimism. 


I thought about this blog, which so often serves as a respite from the everyday trials of life. I thought about the overall picture of my life and then I thought about the little moments. Those simple moments that bring a smile to my face, that help to wipe out all of those moments of worry and stress. For each of us those simple moments are different and yet they may be very similar. 


Here are just a few of mine:

1)  Smiling at a stranger and having them smile back. 
2)  Holding the hand of one of my grandchildren.
3)  Hearing an I love you.
4)  Seeing the sun breaking out after days of rainy weather.
5)  Waking up in a warm snuggly bed. 
6)  Listening to the sweet sounds of birds outside my window.
7)  Hugs from my daughters.
8)  Finding a good book to read.
9)  A cup of tea.
10)The first bite of a delicious meal.

And yesterday it was the look on my BIL's face when he realized that he had made it through another difficult surgery.


These are all simple moments, but they are the moments of perfection. They are the moments that give meaning to our lives and make us want to get up and face a new day even in the most trying of times. 

Where do you find perfection in the simple moments? 


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36 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear that your brother in law came through the surgery well. It sounds like your sister is going through some trials of her own now that her husband is a double amputee! I think that you're doing a great job with your situation by just having a positive outlook! I've heard that our lives are really what's in our head. It's how we see things that makes our lives good or bad. I'm always surprised when I see people that have perfectly good lives still striving for more. they can't be happy no matter what. That is sad to me. Just keep doing what you're doing.

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    1. Thank you Kelly. It is sad that some people are unable to ever find happiness no matter what they have. Possessions are not what make us happy.

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  2. I missed your post about your brother-in-law because I was out of town, Laura. I'm so happy that he came through surgery well. What a relief that must be for everyone concerned.

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Thank you, Claudia. He seems to have a very good attitude about all of it .

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  3. A good book. A lit candle. (even a fake one.) Looking at a fire in the fireplace. The sound of waves crashing, real or on a 'white noise' machine. A good glass of wine. Sharing a nice meal with my family. Smiles and "I love you" from my grandsons. My pillow. My patio and garden surrounding it. So many ways, places. I value simplicity highly. :)

    I'll continue with the prayers for your BIL and your family.

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    1. Thank you for your continued prayers, Gwen. All of the things you mentioned sound wonderful .

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  4. so glad your brother-in-law did okay! such a sweet little angel.

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  5. I'm so glad that your brother in law Don came out of surgery okay. I said a prayer for him.

    I find beauty everywhere in the simple things. As you know, you have to, especially when times get tough. The first bloom of Spring, the first spotting of a bird at the feeder after a long cold winter, ice cream on a hot day, the color of the leaves changing in the fall, the first snowflakes... simply beautiful :)

    (((hugs)))
    rue

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    1. Thank you for your prayers, Rue. Love your simple pleasures.

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  6. Life certainly isn't easy, is it? But, you already know, that the simple things in life keep us going. Yes, there are many nights I cry myself to sleep but then I wake up in the morning and realize I have something creative to do, will see my precious granddaughter and the great grandbabies, the sun is shining, Bella is excited about a walk, and I feel ashamed of myself for having those down moments. I have so much to be thankful for.

    Have a great day!

    Judy

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    1. What a beautiful comment Judy! You always inspire me and remind me that life has it's hard times but we can also count our blessings. Thanks for this post Laura! Hugs, Diane

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    2. You are still mourning, Judy and there is certainly no shame in that. Our families certainly give us some of our most special moments and those moments help us to get through the difficult times.

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  7. Glad to hear the surgery was a success. Life is made up of the small moments, isn't it?

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    1. Life is definitely made up of the small moments.

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  8. I am glad to hear your brother-in-law is doing well. I think life is made of the little moments. A big reason I started blogging, was as a respite from the trials, too...the creativity helps me deal with them. xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Creativity is a wonderful way to take our minds off the trials of our lives. :)

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  9. Thank the Lord that your BIL did so well and came through that difficult surgery. His number has not been called yet!
    There are lots of small things that make me smile...that first cup of hot coffee in the morning with the steam wafting up into my face..........watching a flight of birds choreograph a perfect landing on the bay as one unit......making a skirt spur-of-the-moment for a grandchild and seeing her smile till her face hurts....that and so many more!!!! Great post, Laura. xo Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I'm glad his number hasn't been called yet either. Those grandchildren moments are the best. ;)

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  10. Very relieved to hear your BIL is doing well. Sending many prayers his way. I hope he continues to do well.

    You really have been trough a lot of trials, Laura. I think you have your head on straight, you take your lessons learned and pass on those blessings to so many. You are amazing.

    Jane x

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane. I have had a lot of trials but I have learned a lot from them. If I can help one person I feel very blessed.

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  11. Glad to hear that your BIL came through surgery well. I hope healing continues.

    It is the little things that bring pleasure to the days - the scent of lilacs, pale pink tulips, hugs from little grandchildren, a Rice Krispie treat (just ate one), a quiet evening - these are the things I've been enjoying lately.

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    1. Thank you, Lorrie. Love the rice Krispy treat pleasure. :-)

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  12. Oh that poor man ...I will pray for him this morning

    Love the little's red shoes...she is so adorable : )

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  13. Oh that poor man ...I will pray for him this morning

    Love the little's red shoes...she is so adorable : )

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  14. Thank you Laura for this today. I needed to see this post and it helped me and I just wanted you to know your words touch many but for sure one person today. Thank you. Glad your BIL is doing well.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris. I'm glad that this post was helpful to you.

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  15. A lot of the blogs I read, are a quiet and gentle way to get us thru the bad days.
    Happy to hear that your BIL is doing OK.
    The simple pleasures? We have a rail for the hand towel and tea towel in our new kitchen. 2 small things that make me very happy! And I'm longing to hear the patter of gentle rain to soothe our burnt mountain and grow my new garden.

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    1. Amazing how such a small thing can make us happy, Diana :)

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  16. I am definitely one who appreciates the small things in life. The little things are the most important

    Cindy

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  17. Life can be very rough...in the 30 years of our marriage so far, my husband and I have survived the deaths of his mother (just 6 weeks after we got married...she was only 51), his sister, my father, and our 21-year old son. I've had more than my share of scary medical problems; we've had financial problems; we've been through mental illness and addiction problems in our families. And on and on. But I have to keep this smile on my face somehow and count what blessings we do have...and I wake up every morning and put one foot in front of the other and keep going. I love finding all the simple pleasures in life. Even that first sip of morning coffee puts a smile on my face. Then there's other "little" things such as my cats, a good book to read, practicing yoga, gardening, listening to music, taking a walk in the State Park, meeting a friend for breakfast, working on a scrapbook. Thank you for sharing some of what you've been through, too. God bless.

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    1. Melanie, I am so sorry for all of the terrible things you have been through. Life can be so hard and yet as you said we keep putting one foot in front of the other and we find joy in the small moments.

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  18. Beautifully said Laura and I'm glad for you and your family and your BIL came through the surgery ok. I hope life brings you all more blessings than sadness.

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