I have been thinking a lot about life lately.A couple of nights ago while fliping through the chanels I found on the BYU network a show called The Story Trek. The premise behind the show is that this reporter has a person he meets on the street pick a spot on the map with their eyes closed and then when they get to that town he has another person pick a street in that town and he goes to houses on that street till he find someone who will tell him their story. He believes that everyone has a story and that all of our stories have value. I beleieve that too.
I know that over the past couple of years which haven't been easy living in Oregon that I have learned lessons that I would not have learned otherwise and I am glad that I did learn those lessons.
I believe that we all have choices and it is our choices that shape our moments and it is the moments that shape our lives.Many times in my life when faced with all the struggles that we have been through we could have given up and just existed but we chose life. Life is a choice and how you chose to live it directly effects it is quality.
I try everyday(some days I don't suceed) but I try to look at each day as a gift and I can chose to be positive or negative in it.
I try to turn the obstacles and hardships that we all face into stepping stones not bitterness that will eventually weigh you down like an overworked pack mule. I think that even the mistakes and the bad things go through can be learning points that you can help others with who follow along behind you. If you live a charmed life and never face hardship,loss, financial difficulties then really how can you be empathetic toward others. I know that when I am deep in the valley I don't want someone to give me a handout so much as a hand up.
So for all the sadness and tears that living here in Oregon has brought us I have been immeasureably blessed by the people I have met and worked with and by the awe inspiring beauty of this place.Truly god smiled the day he made the Pacific Northwest.
It is hard to believe but in 2 weeks from tommorrow it will be my last day of work and 5 days later we will begin our journey home.
I look forward to the drive back through eastern Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colarado and on through the Midwest.I love cross country trips because you realize just how big our country is and how beautiful it is and how diverse.