Friday, April 12, 2013

The Simple Treasures

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.”

-Albert Einstein

Here is a pic of my daughter exploring welks last October on the island of Anguilla, a place I used to call home. It was where I felt the most free.

Each summer in my grandparent's care, my cousins and I were on the go from sunrise to after sunset on most days.

We explored. We picked fruit off the trees. We made play huts out of coconut branches and other artifacts we discovered.

We even played in the ocean without adult supervision—that would be unheard of today. Yet, we were all fine...unmistakable grace.

It wasn't until my teen years that I began to notice the things I didn't have.  And now, it seems that I ended up with exactly what I needed. Circumstances that seemed unfair, I now understand. Not having much in a material sense has allowed me to appreciate the simple things.  

Yes, the things in our lives do matter. They make life comfortable and enjoyable.  Yet it's the simplest treasures that can add meaning to our days, especially when shared with loved ones.  

Take notice of how your world has unfolded.  Pay attention to the irreplaceable treasures, including the pearls of wisdom you have collected along the way.  Recognize that the best gifts are often the ones we're able to share and give away.
Love and blessings to you,


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