Saturday, July 30, 2011

Enjoy the Ride

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.


jojo said...

that was a lovely post. I've been in the PNW for most of my life and can't imagine living any where else. There is a beauty that can only be found here.
I didn't realize that you had such a difficult time during your stay in Oregon. I know that hard times make the good times that much better so I am hoping your move will be exactly what your heart needs to heal. take care and be safe..;j

Farm Girl said...

How did I miss your post that you had decided to go home? Oh, Yolanda, I am so happy for you. I know that you have been a blessing to all of the people that God has brought in your path. But, our hearts do cry for our home.
When I moved back to where I grew up, a lady who had known me as a child, came to my house, she brought pickled relish and pickled okra. A case of it. She watched as we built our house, and grew her garden, then did all of that canning as a way to welcome me home.
She came in the door, and hugged me and said, "Welcome home." No one ever gave me such a blessing.
I know that is how it will be for you.
All the things that will come back and be nice like someone asking you if you want "Sweet Tea."
from me to you,

HKatz said...

It's true what you say that life is a choice, you choose how you'll face it each day, and it's important to learn even from the bad experiences. I'm in a position of great uncertainty/transition right now, so reading your post has been a good reminder and a comfort. Good luck with everything going on in your life, and with your impending move.

Holli said...

This is how I look at life as well and I think it's wonderful :) Good luck on your move and I'm so very happy for you!

SandyCarlson said...

Big. It's all big. The questions, the answers, the journey. God bless.

Tina said...

How exciting to be able to move back home.
I love your the verse "be content in whatever state you are in". I know it doesn't mean 'state', but when were were being moved around with the military, it was always a comforting verse to all of us wives.
I'm looking forward to reading about your trip home!

SandyCarlson said...

Life is not short of its push and pull. Rolling with destiny is an art that, like any other, requires practice.

Shanda said...

Yes, each day is a gift and if we look at life that way, we will find enjoyment and satisfaction along the way