So far we have explored both activities and objects that enrich your life. There is a story that people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. These people touch our lives, shape and make who we are. These are the people we want to or need to include in our lives. Who are the people in your life? What is their relationship to you? Are they still in your life? In this blog we will explore the people that enrich our lives.
5 People that Enrich My Life
OK… truth be told these are groups of people not individuals but I could not narrow it down. They are also all “lifers” not just reasons or seasons although I believe those exist. I am grateful for the many people who bless my life.
1. My Parents… My Examples
My Mom & Dad are in their 80’s and live in their own home. They live life actively in their community, hold hands while watching tv at night, and laugh at each their own humorous hearing-impaired mis-communication. I grew up with Mom at home with our family… always there; house clean, home cooked meals, entertaining, school council leader, UCW leader, and choir master. She leads life with organization, commitment, faith and grace… a true lady. My Dad was all business or all pleasure. Dad had no end of energy or interests from 6-day work weeks, to hospital auxiliaries, to boating, hunting, gardening, bird watching, and singing. He taught me to work hard by day and play hard by night. Together they truly depict the saying of “Live, Love, Laugh”.
2. My Sisters… My Comrades
I have 3 sisters each of whom I connect with very differently. Penny, the oldest, is my mentor throughout all of life’s challenges. She is the first person I turn to and despite my struggles and our 12 years difference she treats me as her equal. Margaret is full of fun, fashion, and love. If I need an interior decorating tip, borrow some jewelry, go to the beach, or a big hug, she is there in a flash. Barbara is special needs. She has Asperger’s and is very difficult to live with. We do not get along well. However, she continues to teach me life lessons like persevering in the face of trials and forcing me to grow to be a tolerant and accepting person.
3. My Spouse… My Partner and Love
Dave and I have been married 18 years. There have been many good times and many difficulties. He makes me laugh and makes me boil. He works hard and doesn’t finish projects. He is fun-loving and sleeps in late. He is a fun and thoughtful father and has a short temper. He is a fantastic lover and
picky eater who exercises little. He is my biggest supporter and a strongly opinionated man. He is faithful (no opposite required). Moral of the story… he is the perfect partner to me. He is a beautiful and admirable human being and despite his faults is doing his best and loves me for the same. What else can I ask for?
4. My Children… My Reason
I have 3 children Emily 16, Madelyn 14, and Zackery 11. Why didn’t anyone tell me that children are so much work? It is such a huge amount of sacrifice. I have given up sleep, money, time, work, fears and tears. But I have gained smiles, laughter, family, growth, and love that are deeper than any other human connection. This story says it all… many years ago my husband and I were trying to have a conversation but could not hear over our children’s talking, playing, and chaos. My husband yelled, “That’s it! All little people out of this room… now!” Our 3-year-old blond cutie spun in a little circle and replied very sweetly “I am not a little people. I am a big people. I am as big as a miracle.” Truth often comes out of the mouths of babes.
5. My Girlfriends… My Supporters
What would I do without them? I have many good friends from very different eras of my life Michelle from elementary school, Chris from high school, Joni, Esther and Kory from university, Brenda and Courtney from motherhood. I connect with them for very different reasons. Michelle has always been ready for an adventure and loves and hates passionately. Chris has such a way with words and always makes me feel good about myself. Joni is my dancing partner. Esther gives me spiritual mantras. Kory is a true friend. Brenda loves her children and God the way I do. Courtney is a blast of laughter and whimsy. These are the women that fill my soul whether far or near.
These are the people who have enriched my life and keep me going. Who are yours? I would love to hear your stories.